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Canton Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Juan R. Grogan, 30, of Canton, Ohio, was sentenced on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, to more than fifteen years in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent.  Judge Nugent pronounced the sentence after Grogan was found guilty at trial of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on December 7, 2020, law enforcement officials sought to arrest Grogan on outstanding warrants that had been issued by the Canton Municipal Court.  While seeking to apprehend Grogan, an investigator observed Grogan flee the area.  Investigators also located Grogan’s vehicle parked on the street where investigators were searching for Grogan.  Law enforcement officials were not able to apprehend Grogan that day. 

Officials then searched Grogan’s vehicle and located a loaded Glock, model 30 handgun with an extended magazine, a digital scale and a clear plastic bag containing brown powder.  The brown substance was later tested and found to contain 75.6 grams of heroin and fentanyl.

Grogan was later arrested on December 10, 2020. 

This case was investigated by the FBI, United States Marshal Service, Canton Police Department and Stark County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Damoun Delaviz.

Updated July 25, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses