ST. PAUL -- A Hopkins man has been convicted on 17 federal charges relating to the distribution of fentanyl which, in turn, killed 11 people and seriously hurt four others.

A federal jury convicted 31-year-old Aaron Broussard following a 10-day jury trial.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Broussard would get fentanyl from China-based drug suppliers and then sell it on a website disguised as plant food.

Officials say the buyers thought they were buying amphetamines similar to Adderall and were not opioid users who had developed a tolerance to the deadly fentanyl.

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Authorities say Broussard continued distributing the drugs across the country even after learning of the adverse reactions.

 

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