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Bedford man and California man indicted for distributing three kilograms of fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A Bedford man was indicted for possessing more than six pounds of fentanyl, as well as illegally having firearms, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Norman L. Hunter, 43, is accused of distributing more than three kilograms of fetanyl as well as illegally possessing five firearms, despite a previous felony conviction.

Matthew A. Martin, 31, of San Diego, is also named in the three-count superseding indictment, accused of distributing more than three kilograms of fentanyl.

"Fentanyl is killing hundreds of people in our community," Rendon said. "It's vital that we target people who sell this drug while also working to reduce demand and getting help for those who need it."

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 offenses, and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases they will be less than the maximum.        

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vasile Katsaros following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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.

Updated August 3, 2016

Drug Trafficking