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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lake County man indicted for importing fentanyl analogues from China

A Lake County man was indicted for importing 35 grams of a fentanyl analogue from China, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.

Karl F. Brewster, 58, of Perry Township, imported approximately 35 grams of methoxyacetyl fentanyl from the People’s Republic of China between March 10 and April 25, 2017, according to the indictment.

"This defendant illegally imported drugs that are killing thousands of our neighbors and relatives," Herdman said. "We will continue to work to reduce the supply of these deadly drugs while partnering with others focused on reducing the demand."

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Seabury Gould following an investigation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated February 6, 2018