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Maryland drug kingpin who had ‘enough fentanyl to kill 5 million people’ convicted

October 3rd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

An Anne Arundel County, Maryland, man was convicted by a federal jury Tuesday of operating a regional drug operation so big that it raked in millions of dollars.

Paul Alexander, 47, of Hanover, was found guilty of trafficking the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Federal prosecutors said that the 10 kilograms Alexander — who also went by David Paul Hayes and Shorty — had in his possession were enough to kill 5 million people.

“Paul Alexander was a wholesaler who was responsible for bringing large quantities of fentanyl into the Baltimore region,” said Jonathan Lenzner, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. Alexander distributed the drug from April 2018 to January 2019, a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release said.

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