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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

South Euclid man indicted for using a firearm while trafficking fentanyl, heroin and pills

A South Euclid man was indicted in federal court for using a firearm while trafficking fentanyl, heroin and pills.

Christopher Bowen, 25, was charged in a 10-count indictment with distribution of drugs, possession with intent to distribute drugs, using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bowen on several occasions in May and June sold fentanyl and heroin, according to the indictment.

On June 28, Bowen had approximately 14 grams of a heroin/fentanyl mixture, 31 grams of heroin, 64 Alprazolam pills, a Jimenez Arms 9 mm handgun, a Bryco Arms 9 mm handgun, an Anderson MFG long rifle and ammunition. Bowen was prohibited from having a firearm or ammunition because of a prior conviction for drug trafficking, according to the indictment.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marisa T. Darden and Elliot Morrison.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of 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 violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A 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
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated July 25, 2018