A 26-year-old Cheyenne man has been sentenced to 44 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

According to a criminal complaint, Troy Michael Painter was pulled over on March 2, 2022, in the area of S. Greeley Highway and Julianna Road for a vehicle registration violation.

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A subsequent search of Painter's vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 23 grams of blue Oxy 30 pills (suspected fentanyl pills), a suspected Xanax pill, and suspected THC wax, along with used drug paraphernalia.

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During a custodial interview, Painter reportedly admitted to being a user and distributor of fentanyl pills and said that he bought the pills from a supplier in Colorado on a weekly basis.

Painter was arrested and the following day, March 3, a search warrant was executed at his apartment in which two firearms -- a Sig Sauer P365 9mm handgun and a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun -- suspected controlled substances, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia were seized.

He was indicted in May on charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm and later took a plea deal in the case.

Painter will be subject to three years of supervised release once he's released from prison.


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