Cottonwood Heights man, convicted drug ‘kingpin’ gets life in prison without parole

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 15, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A Cottonwood Heights man previously convicted of operating a continuing criminal enterprise involving a fentanyl operation was sentenced Thursday morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Aaron Shamo, 29, was described by U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber as the “kingpin” of the operation, which took orders over the darknet, and sold fentanyl, shaped to look like a less lethal drug, Oxycontin.

“Fentanyl is just toxic. It’s dangerous,” Huber said after Shamo’s 2017 arrest. “You and I would die from exposure to just two milligrams right now. We are continuing our investigation to determine how many people may have been impacted — their health, if not their life.”

At least 90 of Shamo’s customers people were known to have died, Huber has said, adding that that number was “conservative.”.

At the time of arrest, bags containing more than $1.5 million in cash were recovered from Shamo’s basement residence.


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