ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) – A man who ordered hundreds of fentanyl-laced pills through Snapchat from a California supplier was sentenced on April 19 to federal prison.

Kobe Malik Woods, 19, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl.

Court documents indicate that, in early 2021, law enforcement began investigating illegal pill distribution in Smyth County. It didn’t take investigators long to identify the individuals involved.

As part of the investigation, law enforcement intercepted a parcel shipped from California and addressed to Woods’ home that contained around 800 fentanyl pills.

Authorities say the pills resembled pharmaceutical-grade oxycodone-hydrochloride pills but were inconsistent in size, shape and color which indicated that they were counterfeit. Pills of this type are sometimes referred to as “Roxicodone,” “pressed,” or “M30” pills which often have an imprint of am “M” on one side and a “30 on the other side.

In June of 2021, law enforcement executed a controlled delivery of the parcel to Woods’ Marion home. While conducting surveillance, investigators saw a woman retrieve the package and take it inside of the home.

When investigators executed a search warrant at the home, authorities say Woods attempted to escape with the open package in his hands but was captured a short distance away.

The case was investigated by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General and the FBI.

Woods was sentenced to 42 months in prison.