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Ladson man gets 20 years in prison for part in deadly fentanyl distribution operation

Robert Bryan Mansfield (Charleston County Detention Center).jpg
Robert Bryan Mansfield (Charleston County Detention Center).jpg

A federal judge has sentenced a Ladson man to prison for his part in international drug smuggling and distribution operation.

Robert Bryan Mansfield, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison after being convicted of unlawfully distributing fentanyl and conspiracy to possess and distribute fentanyl.

Fentanyl, a powerful opioid, is a federal Schedule II controlled substance. It is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Federal prosecutors say someone died from using fentanyl Mansfield shipped to them after he brought large quantities of the drug into the U.S. from Europe and China.

DEA and Homeland Security agents arrested Mansfield Feb. 24, 2017 after raiding his home and a storage facility in Ladson.

Agents reportedly found large quantities of fentanyl and shipping materials during their search.