Drug Dealer, Arnold Ray Walters Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Overdose Death
Assistant U. S. Attorneys Kareem A. Salem (619) 546-8904 and Larry Casper (619) 546-6734
NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – March 4, 2021
SAN DIEGO (STL.News) Arnold Ray Walters III of San Diego pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford to distributing fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of a 24-year-old male who resided in Poway on January 1, 2017. The charge to which Walters pleaded guilty carries a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence.
According to his plea agreement, Walters admitted that, on or about December 31, 2016, he knowingly provided a pressed-blue pill containing fentanyl to another individual and understood that it would, in turn, be provided to the victim. Walters also admitted he was aware of the potentially lethal impact of the fentanyl based on his knowledge of other individuals accidentally overdosing on fentanyl.
“We will continue to vigorously prosecute those selling deadly fentanyl for profit and who take lives and destroy families in the process,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy S. Grossman. “Fentanyl overdose deaths increased threefold in San Diego County from 2019 to 2020. Our office is working with law enforcement to pursue fentanyl suppliers and hold them accountable for the tragic results of their unlawful activities.”