Collin County Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Heroin Overdose Death

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SHERMAN, Texas – A Plano man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Nathaniel Edward Gonzalez, 36, pleaded guilty on March 16, 2021 to possession with intent to distribute heroin resulting in death and was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison on Jan. 6, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant.

According to information presented in court, on Jan. 16, 2019, Gonzalez distributed heroin to an individual at his place of business in Plano.  That individual was found deceased by his coworkers with the needle still in his arm.  An investigation led officers to Gonzalez, who had previously been convicted of the same conduct in 2005 when he provided heroin to a 16-year-old resulting in an overdose death.  Gonzalez was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 7, 2019.

“Illegal drugs continue to damage our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.  “We will use all our tools to arrest and prosecute those who choose to harm others by peddling their dangerous poisons.”

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The case was investigated by the Plano Police Department Narcotics Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Batson.

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