Oroville Man Sentenced To Federal Prison Term For Distributing Fake Pills Containing Fentanyl

An Oroville man who was manufacturing and distributing counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing Fentanyl has been sentenced. Federal DEA Agents helped set up the bust of 42-year-old Julius Rucks. In 2018 and 2019 Rucks met three times with an undercover agent and sold more than a Thousand of the pills that were made to look like Oxycodone pills. In July of 2019, agents arrived with a search warrant at Rucks’ home in Oroville. They found a large electric motor-driven pill press, pill dies for stamping the counterfeit pharmaceutical markings onto the pills, large amounts of powdered Fentanyl, pill binder material, and three handguns with loaded magazines. Rucks pleaded guilty last November to three counts of distribution and he was sentenced Monday to nearly 13 years in federal prison.