Criminal JusticeImmigration & BorderIssuesSan Antonio Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution Resulting in Death, Faces Life in Prison

The 20-year-old victim had enough fentanyl in her bloodstream to kill her 24 times, according to prosecutors.
March 17, 2023
A 28-year-old San Antonio man faces a possible life sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl resulting in death, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that Patrick Hall sold fentanyl-laced blue pills “disguised as oxycodone.” On October 28, 2020, Hall met a woman in a hotel room and sold her narcotics, whereupon she suffered from fentanyl poisoning and died.

The 20-year-old victim, who was not named in the news release, had been unconscious for an “extended period” in Hall’s hotel room before he called her friend from her cell phone, directing her to pick up the victim. He left the hotel without calling 911, according to prosecutors.

By the time medics got to the hotel room, the victim had been dead for “some time,” the DOJ added, noting that the victim’s friend was the one who called for help. The victim had enough fentanyl in her body to kill her 24 times. Police arrested Hall the following month.

“Text messages sent from his phone confirmed that he had been selling the pills to multiple individuals at the time of the victim’s death, and that he himself had overdosed on the pills one week prior to this instance,” the DOJ said.

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Prosecutors say Hall faces a minimum of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum of life imprisonment. His sentencing is set for June 15 after a presentence investigation.

The DOJ credited the Drug Enforcement Administration and the San Antonio Police Department for conducting the investigation.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."