A young man staying at a hotel last month had some company with him. There in his lonely room 28-year-old Barry Christopher Brown Jr., of Taylor, Michigan had 2,000 cute little pills he tried to pass off as oxycodone 30-milligram pills. A search warrant was granted and served up at Brown's room - authorities seized approximately 2,000 opiate pills that were made and designed to look like actual oxycodone 30mg pills but contained fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance. According to the Dickinson Press Brown was indicted Thursday, Feb. 11, on  Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (oxycodone, fentanyl, and fentanyl-related substance), and Forfeiture Allegation ($66,000 in US Currency).

U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley said in a Friday, Feb. 12, news release that along with the pills, that has a street value of around $16,000, agents also found $24,000 in the room and another $42,000 on Brown's person,

"This seizure of deadly fentanyl with a street value of approximately $160,000 is another direct hit against the poison pushers who we allege have targeted our Native American Communities," said Wrigley. Grand jury Indictments are allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force and the case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s office, with Assistant United States Attorney Rick L. Volk assigned to the case.

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