BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A 49-year-old Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to almost 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute over 2 pounds of fentanyl.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Chief Judge Shelly Dick sentenced Victor Welton, 49, to 235 months in federal prison as part of ‘Operation Going Bacc to Cali,’ an extensive investigation targeted at a drug trafficking network from Compton, California, through Baton Rouge, and to Miami, Florida.

U.S. Attorney Ronald Gathe, Jr. said, according to Welton’s plea deal, in about June 2020, Welton agreed with co-conspirators in Baton Rouge and Miami to sell fentanyl in the Middle District of Louisiana and elsewhere. Welton had others transport fentanyl to a drug dealer in Miami.

Gathe says on June 21, 2020, Welton had two individuals travel to Compton to pick up fentanyl. The two traveled by air headed to California but traveled by Greyhound buses returning to Baton Rouge. Once the pair returned to Baton Rouge, authorities gained a search warrant for the two. Authorities found three Ziploc bags with white powdery content. After lab review, the amount totaled 2.6 pounds of fentanyl.