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Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 4, 2018

Lorain man faces at least 20 years in prison after jury convicts him of selling fentanyl that killed a 23-year-old Lorain man

A Lorain man faces at least 20 years in prison after a jury convicted him of selling fentanyl that killed a 23-year-old Lorain man in 2016.

Russell Davis, 51, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29. The jury convicted him on one count of distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death.

Davis sold fentanyl to Jacob Castro-White that resulted in Castro-White fatally overdosing on March 7, 2016, according to trial testimony and court records.

“Aggressively prosecuting people who profit from selling the drugs killing our friends and neighbors is a crucial component to overcoming the opioid epidemic,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “The Lorain Police Department, FBI, the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office are all to be commended for their diligence in this case.”

“It is almost a daily occurrence to hear of a death due to heroin or fentanyl,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony. “Law enforcement will continue to work collaboratively to hold accountable those that bring this poison and destruction to our communities.”

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated May 4, 2018