A Eugene man was sentenced to federal prison today for supplying a University of Oregon student with fentanyl-laced counterfeit Oxycodone pills that caused the student’s overdose death.
Micaiah Wendell Ray Hill, 21, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and 3 years’ supervised release.
According to court documents, in late December 2020, Emanuel “Manny” Dreiling, 20, an urban development student at the University of Oregon, died of a fatal overdose in his Eugene apartment. On December 24, 2020, officers from the Eugene Police Department responded to the scene and found a small baggie containing what appeared to be Oxycodone pills near Mr. Dreiling’s body. A toxicology report later confirmed Mr. Dreiling died of a fentanyl overdose.
A forensic analysis of Mr. Dreiling’s phone revealed text message conversations between Mr. Dreiling and a longtime friend wherein they discussed purchasing Oxycodone pills from another individual later determined to be Hill. Mr. Dreiling’s friend told investigators that he had been purchasing pills from Hill for nearly a year. Law enforcement soon identified Hill and a West Eugene home he used to distribute counterfeit Oxycodone. They also found evidence of Mr. Dreiling arranging to purchase and physically retrieving counterfeit pills from the same West Eugene home.
On December 31, 2020, law enforcement executed a state search warrant on the residence and arrested Hill. In an interview after his arrest, Hill admitted to selling the victim and others pills he suspected were counterfeit and contained fentanyl.
On April 14, 2021, Hill was charged by criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. On November 18, 2021, Hill waived indictment and pleaded guilty to the single charge.
This case was investigated by the Eugene Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Joseph H. Huynh and Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.
U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.