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Duane Robert Hill, 38, allegedly sold counterfeit fentanyl pills across the region for past year.

COURTESY PHOTO: U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE - Some of the fentanyl allegedly recovered from Duane Robert Hills home.  A Gresham man is facing federal charges for selling fentanyl that allegedly resulted in the overdose death of a 17-year-old Portland teenager.

Duane Robert Hill, 38, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7, and is facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. Both charges have been tied by investigators to the Portland death.

According to court documents, the investigation began on June 16, 2022, when the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Task Force responded to the overdose death of a Portland teenager. Investigators found one full and one half blue "M-30" pill on the victims desk along with small amounts of an unknown crystal substance and white powder residue. Lab reports confirmed the pills were counterfeit Oxycodone pills made with fentanyl.

Further investigation linked Hill as an alleged "third-level" supplier of the fentanyl pills found in the victim's room. He allegedly distributed between 10 to 100 pills in and around Portland for nearly a year, selling them for $4-5 dollars each. A week after the teen's death, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of more than three dozen "M-30" pills from Hill.

During his arrest, officers allege Hill was attempting to flush pills down the toilet. He was taken into custody without incident. More than 200 pills were found in his residence, along with a 9mm handgun, scale, assorted drug packaging materials, and $4,480 in cash. Police said a portion of the pills recovered from the toilet were rainbow-colored.

Hill made an appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You.


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