Truck driver pleads guilty to conspiring to distribute drugs in Dayton

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An Arizona man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to distribute large amounts of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine in the Dayton area, among other parts of the eastern United States.

Court documents indicate that 54-year-old Michael D. Nailen of Glendale, Arizona, worked with others to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl, 100 grams of fentanyl analogue, one kilogram of heroin, and five kilograms of cocaine to Dayton and other locations.

Nailen was employed as a commercial truck driver and when traveling, he let other people hide kilogram quantities of controlled substances and bulk amounts of cash in his trailer.

In December 2018, Nailen met with a man named Marco Gonzalez in Dayton at a local shopping center, where Gonzalez was given a box containing controlled substances. It was Nailen’s understanding that Gonzalez planned to deliver the package to local drug dealers in Dayton.

The two men repeated the process in Columbus, as well.

Before they could deliver the other drugs in his trailer to other cities in the eastern U.S., law enforcement discovered the contraband. More than 23 kilograms of fentanyl, six kilograms of heroin, two kilograms of fentanyl analogue, and five kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in his trailer.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the same narcotics crime as Nailen. The two will be sentenced in August.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by HSI, the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Force, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Brent Tabacchi, who is representing the United States in this case.

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