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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Elyria man sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug trafficking as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge

An Elyria man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Pierre Alston, 39, was sentenced to 169 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, one count of distribution of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

Alston sold various mixtures of drugs between July and October 2018, according to court documents.

This case is one of dozens prosecuted as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS), in in which any cases involving heroin, fentanyl or any synthetic opioid are prosecuted in federal court. Lorain County is one of 10 communities around the nation selected as a pilot for Operation SOS. The program demonstrates the Justice Department’s continued to commitment to working with local partners to make our community safer.

This case was investigated by the Elyria Police Department and FBI, with assistance from the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Corts and Vasile Katsaros.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated September 4, 2019