California Man, Brandon D. Hibler Sentenced to Nine and a Half Years for Trafficking Fentanyl and Firearms Offenses
(STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that on Thursday, May 20, 2021, Brandon D. Hibler, 35, of California, was sentenced by U.S. Judge Donald C. Nugent to 115 months imprisonment. Hibler pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug tracking crime and felon in possession of a firearm in January of 2021.
According to court records, on the night of April 26, 2020, while conducting a routine patrol, an officer with the Peninsula Police Department observed a vehicle parked overnight in a parking lot area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The officer investigated the vehicle due to the park’s closure and discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen. At this time, additional police officers with the Richfield Police Department arrived to assist the officer. The officers then approached the vehicle and discovered a man, later identified as Hibler, and an adult female sleeping in the rear.
Shortly thereafter, a Park Ranger with the National Park Service arrived to conduct a search of the vehicle and assist with the investigation.