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Published on March 27, 2024
Two Suspects Charged in San Francisco with Intent to Sell Narcotics Including FentanylSource: Google Street View

San Francisco's ongoing battle against drug trafficking saw a significant development as two suspects were slapped with a litany of serious charges. Mario Sevilla-Artiaga, 26, was arraigned on March 26, entering a plea of not guilty to multiple counts of possession for sale of narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin. His co-defendant, Angela Otis, 37, is scheduled to step before the judge on March 28. The charges leveled at the duo, detailed in a press release from the District Attorney's Office, alleging they intended to sell controlled substances, ranging from heroin to alprazolam.

While the San Francisco Police Department continues to work diligently to snuff out the city's drug markets, Sevilla-Artiaga's past convictions have come back to haunt him, with the District Attorney's office taking a hard stance. "I would like to thank the San Francisco Police Department and all other law enforcement entities who are working tirelessly to close open-air drug markets and make our neighborhoods safer," District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said, resolute to "to hold dangerous narcotics traffickers accountable." Court documents reveal the cops caught Sevilla-Artiaga red-handed on March 22, subsequently seizing nearly two pounds of the potent opioid fentanyl.

As the accused waits for his next day in court on April 94, the District Attorney has successfully pushed for his detention, citing a significant risk to public safety. The judge has now agreed, denying him the chance to post bail. However, the court left the door open for future arguments on whether to keep Sevilla-Artiaga behind bars pending trial, setting no bail for the accused as the saga unfolds.

While the official charges have already firmly placed the suspects under the spotlight, the investigation is far from over. The San Francisco Police still urges anyone with more dirt to spill to come forward, promising to keep whistle-blowers' identities anonymous. Further information on this case can be shared with the authorities by dialing the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or by sending a tip-off to TIP411, with the text message starting with SFPD.