Man found guilty of supplying fentanyl that caused death at Long Beach rehab clinic in 2021

Authorities say Montebello resident Juan Carlos Gutierrez gave fentanyl to a woman who then sold some for $60 to a man staying at a Long Beach drug treatment facility.

Man found guilty of supplying fentanyl that caused death at Long Beach rehab clinic in 2021
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A Montebello man has been found guilty of supplying the fentanyl that led to the death of another man at a rehabilitation clinic in Long Beach in 2021, authorities announced today.

Authorities say Juan Carlos Gutierrez, 33, was responsible for providing fentanyl on Dec. 9, 2021 to South Gate resident Jayleen Feusier, 36, who had agreed to sell some for $60 to a man who was staying at a drug treatment facility in Long Beach.

After receiving the drugs from Gutierrez, Feusier bagged one gram of fentanyl and then placed it inside a small box, authorities said. She placed a lighter inside and then used a black t-shirt to mask the contents inside, authorities said.

Feusier then used an Uber to send the box down to the rehab clinic in Long Beach, according to the DOJ.

A 34-year-old man jumped over the clinic’s fence at around 11 p.m. and got the items from the Uber.

He was found dead roughly six hours later with the drugs next him, according to authorities, who said the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office ruled that he’d overdosed on fentanyl.

Gutierrez was taken into custody on March 2023 for his role in supplying the drugs, authorities said.

On Wednesday, a federal jury found him guilty of one count of one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and serious bodily injury, according to the Department of Justice. He faces between 20 years to life in federal prison.

Feusier, meanwhile, was arrested in connection to the overdose in February and pleaded guilty to one count distributing fentanyl, authorities said. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison, according to the DOJ.

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