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Press Release

Elyria Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Selling Heroin and Fatal Fentanyl

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

An Elyria man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin and fentanyl, including fentanyl that caused the death of an Elyria resident last year, law enforcement officials said.

The sentence announced by Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely.

Siarres R. Noble, age 29, pleaded guilty earlier this year to four counts of distribution of fentanyl, two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Noble admitted selling heroin and fentanyl at various times in March and November 2013, including fentanyl that he sold on November 8, 2013, which resulted in the death of an Elyria resident one day later.

“The drugs sold by this defendant killed a woman,” Dettelbach said. “Heroin and fentanyl use leads to death, destroys lives and damages families. This should send a clear message to drug  dealers who are doing nothing more than selling poison, that we in law enforcement will work death and overdose cases back from the victims, identify who supplied them the drugs and hold them accountable for their actions.”

“Siarres Noble did not just sell heroin – he sold poison and a woman is dead because of his actions,” Anthony said. “Today’s sentence demonstrates the seriousness of these cases and the strength of our commitment to working them with our local partners.”

“There will be consequences for those who continue to feed addiction in this state, and as today’s sentence makes clear, dealers will be held accountable for deaths caused by their drug sales,” said Attorney General DeWine.  “Law enforcement will continue to collaborate on the state, federal, and local level to hold drug dealers and those who assist them responsible.”

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely said: “There is a serious drug problem in this country and it is important that law enforcement at every level take the steps necessary to combat the sales of illegal drugs.  Sadly, in this case, the sale of drugs led to someone’s death.  The weapon used may not have been a gun, but it is just as deadly.

“I want to thank everyone involved in this case for the effort they put into it.  Starting with the response from Elyria Police Investigative Unit for responding so quickly to the spike in overdoses that led to the arrest of Siarres Noble for selling the drugs that led to the death. I appreciate the great working relationship with have with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office. It is the strong working relationship between all of these agencies that led to the federal conviction of Siarres Noble,” Whitely said.

This case was investigated by the Elyria Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert F. Corts and Vasile C. Katsaros and Special Assistant United States Attorney Margaret Tomaro of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Updated March 19, 2015