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Toledo Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl Substance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Bryan Mays, 33, of Toledo, was sentenced on Thursday, April 14, 2022, by U.S. Judge Jeffrey J. Helmick to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release after Mays pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl. 

“Fentanyl continues to plague our communities and steal our beloved ones at an alarming rate,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler. “Anyone who chooses to contribute to this epidemic by dealing deadly narcotics can expect to find themselves in prison.” 

“Drug trafficking cases remain one of the highest priorities of the FBI,” said Cleveland FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “Whether one individual or a network of criminals, this case reflects the common goal and valuable partnership the FBI holds with law enforcement agencies to mitigate the distribution of illegal drugs and make our communities safer.”

“This conviction and sentencing should serve notice to individuals who choose to sell this poison on Toledo’s streets that we will use every available resource and partnership to bring these folks to justice,” said Toledo Police Chief George Kral. “I value our local, county, and federal partners and look forward to continuing our mission to keep this city safe.”   

According to court documents, Toledo Police Officers began an investigation into the death of an individual from a drug overdose on December 30, 2018. As a result of the investigation, police determined that Defendant Bryan Mays distributed a substance containing fentanyl to the individual. 

 This case was investigated by the Toledo Police Department and the FBI.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Freeman and Robert N. Melching.   

Updated April 19, 2022

Drug Trafficking