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California man facing federal charges after allegedly receiving kilo of fentanyl while in Cleveland

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 12:53:10-05

CLEVELAND — A California man is facing federal charges after he received a shipment of one kilogram of fentanyl while staying in Cleveland.

Alan Gabriel Barba-Sanchez, 30, of San Diego, was charged with one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

On Jan. 11., a Cuyahoga County deputy seized the package containing the fentanyl from a UPS store in Middleburg Heights. Agents from Homeland Security delivered the package to the marked address in the 5400 block of Tillman Avenue in Cleveland, the affidavit states.

Sanchez allegedly picked up the package from the porch and brought it inside. Approximately 15 minutes later, he left the residence and walked down West 54th Street. When authorities arrested him, he was carrying three iPhones, around $2,000 in cash and a key to a downtown hotel, according to the affidavit.

The case is under investigation by Homeland Security, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.