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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Toledo man sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for selling heroin that resulted in the fatal overdose of two women

A Toledo man was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for selling heroin that resulted in the fatal overdose of two women.

Harold Sasse, 42, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death. He was sentenced to 174 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $13,600 in resitution.

Sasse sold heroin on March 29, 2017 to two people, identified in court documents as E.M. and T.W. Sometime between that day and March 30, 2017,  the women ingested the heroin and died, according to court documents.

“Every death represents someone’s son or daughter, friend or neighbor,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “This prison sentence of more than 14 years shows that those who profit from this drug epidemic will be held accountable for their actions.”

"Overdoses have killed far too many Americans,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “The FBI, in collaboration with the Toledo Police Department, is avidly committed to holding those like Harold Sasse accountable for selling the deadly drugs which are killing our fellow citizens."

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Toledo Police Department. It is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.

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Opioids
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated July 9, 2019