Orlando Man Sentenced To Over 15 Years For Drug And Firearm Offenses
WESTON, Fla. - Eric C. Falkowski, 35, from Orlando, Florida, was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, 40 grams or more of fentanyl and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Falkowski previously pleaded guilty on December 15, 2016. The sentencing was announced today by DEA Miami Special Agent in Charge, Adolphus P. Wright.
Falkowski obtained fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, and other controlled substances from China in order to manufacture counterfeit prescription pills, including Xanax and Percocet. After receiving the fentanyl and other controlled substances, he would prepare and manufacture counterfeit pills using pill presses and dyes. Falkowski and others acting at his direction, would then ship and transport parcels containing the counterfeit pills to Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and other places.
In February 2016, a search warrant was executed at Falkowski’s residence. During that search, law enforcement officers recovered more than 300 grams of fentanyl, various other controlled substances, pill presses, and dyes. In addition, officers recovered seven firearms, including a 9mm Luger Beretta pistol, a 9mm Luger Heckler & Koch pistol, a .22 caliber Ruger pistol, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, a 5.56 caliber NATO Sig Sauer M400 rifle, a 9mm Ruger pistol, and a .380 caliber Walther pistol. Falkowski’s fingerprints were found on the .380 caliber Walther pistol. As a previously convicted felon, Falkowski was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office, Middle district of Florida.