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Youngstown man indicted on heroin and firearms charges

May 6, 2014

A six-count indictment was filed charging a Youngtown man with distributing heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio

Dorian Christian, age 38, distributed heroin on or about March 19; March 20; March 26; April 3; and April 11, 2014, according to the indictment.

The indictment also charges that on or about April 14, 2014, Christian possessed a Smith & Wesson, model SW40VE, .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition, despite having been previously convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.   The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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