Wise resident pleads guilty in Chinese fentanyl import case

The Coalfield Progress

A former adjunct college professor has pleaded guilty to a charge related to importing opioids from China.

Kristofer Rucinski, 35, of Wise, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. district court to one count of using a communications device to unlawfully import fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen.

Rucinski will be sentenced Oct. 11 in Abingdon. He faces a potential maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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