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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Warrensville Heights man indicted on fentanyl, cocaine, firearms and food stamp fraud charges

A Warrensville Heights man was indicted on federal drug, firearms and food stamp fraud charges.

Brandon M. Ojikutu, 26, possessed fentanyl, cocaine, a Ruger 9 mm handgun and ammunition on May 26. Ojikutu used the firearm as part of his drug trafficking but was prohibited from having a firearm and ammunition because of prior drug convictions, according to the indictment.

Ojikutu also possessed an EBT card in another person’s name, according to the indictment.

This case was investigated by the Ohio Investigative Unit and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

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 violation.  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 only 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
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated November 16, 2018