Honduran Fentanyl Dealer in Tenderloin Sentenced to Six Years for Ghost Gun Possession

United States District Judge James Donato sentenced 28-year-old Honduran national Esmun Moyses Moral-Raudales to 6.5 years in prison. He received this sentence for distributing dangerous drugs in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Moral-Raudales pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Charges and Admission

Moral-Raudales pleaded guilty in October 2023 to charges under 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C) for distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl. He also faced charges for possessing more than 40 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute, acknowledging his role in the drug trade.

Criminal Activities Unveiled

Throughout January and February 2023, Moral-Raudales sold 103.8 grams of fentanyl and 95 grams of methamphetamine. His arrest in March 2023 revealed an additional 317.7 grams of fentanyl and a loaded “ghost gun,” underscoring the threat he posed to public safety.

This sentencing marks Moral-Raudales’s second federal conviction for drug trafficking, demonstrating a persistent disregard for the law and community well-being.

Authorities’ Condemnation

U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and DEA Special Agent Brian M. Clark have condemned Moral-Raudales’s actions. They highlight the danger recidivist drug dealers pose in the Tenderloin District. “Recidivist drug dealers in the Tenderloin pose a serious threat, especially when armed,” Ramsey said. Their statements reflect law enforcement’s dedication to dismantling drug trafficking networks. They emphasize the heightened risk from individuals armed during these illegal activities.

DEA’s Warning on Fentanyl

The DEA warns against the lethal risks of fentanyl, a potent opioid responsible for a surge in overdose deaths, underscoring the importance of vigilance against counterfeit pills.

Esmun Moyses Moral-Raudales’s sentencing reflects the legal system’s unwavering dedication to curbing drug trafficking and ensuring public safety. His case serves as a stark reminder of the severe consequences awaiting those who engage in such criminal activities, especially when they pose a significant risk to community health and safety.

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