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Monday, August 22, 2016

Marion drug dealers sentenced to prison for selling fatal mix of heroin and fentanyl

Two Marion men were sentenced to prison for selling a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in an overdose death last year, law enforcement officials said.

Eric Creagh, 33, was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison while Rashawn D. Thomas, 28, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Both previously pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking that resulted in death.

Creagh sold Thomas “blue drop heroin” -- a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that had been dyed blue -- on May 22, 215. Later that day, Thomas sold a portion of the “blue drop heroin” to Christopher Wolford, who used the drug at his home, which ultimately caused him to overdose and die, according to court documents.

“Heroin and fentanyl abuse have been devastating to the community in Marion, as it has to communities throughout Ohio,” U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon said. “We will continue to pursue long prison sentences for those who sell this deadly mix, while also continuing with a comprehensive approach focused on prevention, treatment, changing prescribing practices and enforcement.”

“On May 28, 2015 the City of Marion reached out to our federal and state partners asking for assistance with a Blue Drop Heroin overdose epidemic,” Marion Police Chief William Collins said. “Through combined efforts of our local drug task force, MARMET/METRICH, DEA, BCI and the US Attorney’s Office, an unprecedented 14-day investigation took place and resulted the arrests of Eric Creagh and Rashawn Thomas. These individuals were charged at the federal level in hopes that they would receive the kind of prison sentence that would fit the criminal offense, today we see our hopes fulfilled in that they will serve long prison sentences for their crimes against this community. Marion law enforcement will continue to seek harsh prison sentences for those whom seek to destroy our community.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Plancon said: “DEA and our law enforcement partners have made it a priority to investigate the distribution of drugs that result in death. The efficiency in which this investigation was conducted, taking dangerous drug dealers off of the street, demonstrates the strong level of cooperation among all of our partners.  We are focused on bringing to justice those individuals that are responsible for the increasing heroin problem in Ohio and across the United States.” 

“I commend the work of the local, state, and federal authorities who worked so aggressively to get the supplier of this so-called ‘blue drop’ heroin off the streets,” said Attorney General DeWine.  “Drugs like heroin and fentanyl are devastating lives and tearing families apart every day in this state.  Traffickers must be held responsible, and investigators with my office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation are available to work with local authorities anywhere in Ohio to help make that happen.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Freeman and Thomas Weldon following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, MARMET, the Marion Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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Updated August 22, 2016