Michigan City man sentenced to 37 years for drug trafficking

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A Michigan City man was sentenced to 37 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Rico Marion, 44, was sentenced to 37 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

From June through mid-August 2021, Marion worked with others to distribute fentanyl in the Michigan City area, according to case documents.

Marion sold pills claiming they were oxycodone when they were actually fentanyl, reports said.

He was also in possession of numerous firearms within the time period he was selling the fentanyl, according to case documents.

In August 2021, Marion and a co-defendant were caught traveling to Michigan City with over a kilogram (about two pounds) of fentanyl pills, reports said.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dose for most people.

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