Parolee Who Sold Fentanyl-Laced Pills In Schenectady Heading Back To Slammer

Hason Harres, age 47, of Schenectady, was sentenced to just shy of six years in prison in Albany federal court on Wednesday, April 3.

It followed his guilty plea to possessing methamphetamine and fentanyl with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors said Harres admitted to possessing and/or selling more than 1,400 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, as well as 92 grams of methamphetamine.

Fentanyl is a powerful, synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Often ingested unknowingly with other illegal drugs, it has contributed to a growing number of overdose deaths across the United States in recent years, according to the CDC.

At the time of Harres’ crimes, he was on post-release supervision for a state drug conviction.

In addition to his prison sentence, he was ordered to forfeit $13,800.

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