A 46-year-old Denver, Colorado man is facing five to 40 years in federal prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Wyoming, United States Attorney Nick Vassallo's Office announced Thursday.

Traquevis Dewayne Hardy was convicted on Wednesday, Oct. 25, following a two-day trial held before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl in Casper.

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According to evidence presented at trial, detectives with the Cheyenne Police Department and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted custodial interviews with several individuals who had recently been arrested and charged with drug crimes.

The interviews, along with corroborating evidence from cellphones and Facebook, demonstrated that these individuals received at least 5,600 fentanyl pills from Hardy for distribution in Wyoming.

Hardy was indicted by a federal grand jury and pleaded not guilty to the charge in May.

Hardy's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16.

In addition to the five-to-40-year prison term, Hardy is also facing up to a $5 million fine and no less than four years of supervised release.

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