Akron man pleads guilty to selling fentanyl that resulted in fatal overdose
An Akron man pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl that caused a fatal overdose last year, law enforcement officials said.
Steven D. Daniels, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced July 13. He pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death.
Daniels sold fentanyl that caused the fatal overdose of a person identified in the indictment as T.B on April 2, 2016 in Akron, according to court documents.
“We continue to seek long prison sentences for drug dealers who sell opioids that kill our children, friends and neighbors,” Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja said. “Aggressive prosecution, combined with increased treatment, prevention and changes in prescribing practices are key to turning the tide on the heroin and opioid epidemic.”
DEA Special Agent in Charge Tim Plancon said: "The job of the DEA is to identify, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that are distributing the dangerous and illegal fentanyl-based substances that have been responsible for countless deaths in the United States. When dealers provide illegal drugs to victims and the substances' use results in bodily harm or death, the DEA -- with the support from our law enforcement partners -- will continue to mobilize resources and personnel to investigate, arrest and successfully prosecute the people responsible."
"This case represents the tragic toll of addiction, and the efforts of the Akron Police Department to combat this health epidemic," Akron Police Chief James Nice said. "Law enforcement partners are hopeful that significant penalties for criminal participants will be part of a multifaceted approach that will save lives and reduce the suffering of survivors. We are proud of the investigative work that leads to accountability for drug dealers. We are also hopeful that our efforts help many that are coping with great loss."
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis following an investigation by the Akron Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of the federal sentencing guidelines and factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record (if any), the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.