Marion man arrested and charged, suspected of distributing "blue drop" heroin
A Marion man was arrested on federal heroin and firearms charges, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Eric L. Creagh, 32, was charged in U.S. District Court with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
"We hope today's arrest puts a dent in the heroin epidemic we've seen in Marion," Dettelbach said. "Our office remains committed to working with law enforcement and others to stem the heroin and opioid problem we see in all corners of our state."
According to a federal affidavit filed in the case:
A confidential informant purchased more than 20 grams of "blue drop" heroin from Creagh on five separate occassions between May 30 and June 8.
Based on this and other information, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Marion Metro Drug Enforcement Unit (MARMET), the Marion Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants at two homes owned by Creagh on June 10. Creagh was arrested as law enforcement agents recovered two firearms, approximately one kilogram of a heroin/fentantyl mixture, blue fabric dye, a face mask with a filtration system and rubber gloves, two hydraulic presses and approximately $60,000 in cash.
It is believed the equipment was used to dye the heroin and prepare if for distribution, according to the affidavit.
Creagh appeared in U.S. District Court in Toledo and was ordered detained.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Weldon and Michael Freeman 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.