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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 28, 2019

Lorain man sentenced to life in prison for selling fentanyl that killed a 23-year-old Lorain man

A Lorain man was sentenced to life in prison for selling fentanyl that killed a 23-year-old Lorain man.

Russell Davis, 50, was sentenced to life in prison by U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko. The jury convicted Davis last year 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.

“Seeking long prison sentences for those who profit from selling the drugs killing our friends and neighbors is a crucial component to overcoming this epidemic that has cause so much pain and suffering,” 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 Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Hughes. “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.

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Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated January 28, 2019