CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 61-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday for his role in causing a man's death by the drug fentanyl.
Robert Bryan Mansfield was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Special agents with ICE-Homeland Security Investigations seized more than a kilogram of Fentanyl that had been shipped from Hong Kong and was destined for Mansfield's home. Investigators said they obtained a search warrant for his home and recovered more than 100 grams of fentanyl, numerous other controlled substances and items associated with the distribution and trafficking of narcotics.
That same day, Postal Inspectors with the United States Postal Inspection Service also recovered 10 packages of fentanyl that Mansfield attempted to mail to various locations across the United States, investigators said.
Special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration were able to identify Mansfield as the source of fentanyl that led to an overdose death in December 2016. The family of Mike Giacinti says he was the victim of that overdose.
After the sentencing, Giacinti's family released the following statement:
"Our presence in the courtroom today was about honoring Mike's legacy, a true hero who fell victim to the opioid crisis that is sweeping our nation. We want to be the voice for all the families who are losing their loved ones to this epidemic on a daily basis. As a community, we need to be educated on the signs of opiate use. We did not know the signs of a drug that would ultimately take our son and brothers' life so suddenly. We hope that this case, resulting in a minimum 20-year sentence, sets the precedence for all future cases involving overdose. We want to thank the DEA for their aggressive investigation and presentation of the evidence in this case and the State of SC's Federal Prosecutors Office for their mission to vigorously pursue these cases and permanently take these dealers off the streets. If you have a loved one who you suspect may have fallen victim to this crisis, please be their voice and reach out to your local resources for help and support."
Investigators also said evidence showed Mansfield used the "dark web" to purchase fentanyl and other controlled substances from sources in Hong Kong and other foreign locations and then sell them through the "dark web" and used the United States Postal Service to ship packages to customers throughout the country.