Fentanyl disguise case goes to sentencing


SUBLETTE COUNTY – An Idaho man charged with bringing fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycodone into Sublette County was sentenced Thursday, May 27, in 9th District Court.

Steven R. Black, of Idaho Falls, was arrested on Jan. 28 after several people noticed his erratic driving. Black told a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper who stopped him for speeding that he used meth and oxycodone “on a regular basis,” according to court records.

A subsequent search yielded a package of blue pills weighing 9.2 grams that tested positive as fentanyl and other drugs and paraphernalia, court records show.

The plea agreement among Black, public defender Rachel Weksler and Sublette County Attorney Mike Crosson was that Black would plead guilty to the felony fentanyl possession charge, misdemeanor possession of meth and misdemeanor driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

After Black changed his pleas to guilty to the three agreed-upon charges before 9th District Judge Marv Tyler Thursday morning, the judge accepted the agreement. He sentenced Black to two to four years in prison for the felony, one year for the misdemeanor possession and six months for the DUI count, all to be served at the same time. Black received credit for 120 days’ incarceration.

In return, the misdemeanors of possession of Alprazolam and failure to maintain liability insurance were dismissed.

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