Four Americans died because of his fentanyl

A Montreal trafficker faces life in prison after admitting fentanyl he exported to the United States from his cell caused the deaths of four Americans.

Last Friday, Jason Joey Berry pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and import fentanyl into the United States, resulting in serious injury and death, at a courthouse in Fargo, North Dakota.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration was able to establish a direct link between Berry’s exported drug and 15 overdoses, four of which were fatal.

The international drug trafficker and his accomplices also smuggled at least 400 grams of fentanyl and 100 grams of a similar substance into the US, according to US authorities.

Aerial view of Drummondville Prison, from where he continued to smuggle this opioid into the United States.

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Aerial view of Drummondville Prison, from where he continued to smuggle this opioid into the United States.

The 39-year-old Montrealer is facing at least a life sentence due to his criminal history with drugs.

He will know his sentence next January.

“Jason Berry was part of a network of fentanyl dealers that contributed to the opioid epidemic in our communities,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr.

Berry has been detained in the US since his extradition from Quebec in January 2021.

At the time, he was in Donnacona Maximum Security Prison because the prison authorities feared he had escaped.

Sentenced to four years in prison for producing cannabis in 2010, Berry was released on parole when he was arrested in 2013 for operating the first dismantled fentanyl lab in Quebec.

During his brief period at large, Berry ran an opioid trade where Chinese fentanyl was exported to Canada and then bound for the United States.

He even continued his activities behind bars at Drummondville Prison, where he ended up in 2013.

He then managed to illegally obtain a mobile phone from which he was able to continue his online sales. He used the dark web to sell his stock of fentanyl pills in the United States.

Another inmate in Drummondville, Daniel Vivas Seron, joined him to help their illegal business flourish.

Although Berry was eventually transferred to Donnacon prison, he was able to get another phone and continue to do business with Vivas Ceron until mid-2015.

These traffickers then led a team of “tablet makers, distributors, carriers, fundraisers, etc.” Can we read in Vivas Seron’s July 2019 guilty plea.

The 41-year-old man was caught by American double agents and arrested shortly after being released from prison in 2015.

American justice accused about twenty other people in this case, including Canadians, Chinese and Americans.

– With Nicolas Brasseur, Investigation Department.

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