PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A Providence man has been sentenced to three years in prison for selling a deadly synthetic drug and threatening a witness.
Victor Burgos was sentenced last week in federal court in Providence. He pleaded guilty in September to possessing and distributing acetyl fentanyl, a new kind of injected illegal opiate that resembles heroin, though it is much more potent.
The drug has been blamed for more than a dozen deaths in Rhode Island this year and dozens more elsewhere.
Burgos' lawyer has said he was not connected to any of the deaths and thought he was selling heroin. He sold it as heroin to a police informant in Woonsocket in May. Later, testing showed it acetyl fentanyl.