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Wooster men sentenced to prison for selling heroin that contributed to woman's death

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

Two Wooster men were sentenced to prison for distributing heroin that contributed to the fatal overdose of a Wayne County woman.

Jamie Curtis, 37, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Theodore Alleman, 28, was sentenced to four years in prison. Both previously pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin. Curtis also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Curtis sold heroin and cocaine to Alleman from June 2016 through January 2017, according to court documents.

Alleman, on Nov. 12, 2016, contacted a Wayne County woman identified in court documents as H.C. H.C. was 21 years old and a recovering drug addict. Alleman repeatedly attempted to persuade H.C. to inject heroin with him, but she refused, according to court documents.

Alleman purchased drinks for H.C. throughout the evening at a local pub and continued to ask her to inject heroin with him. In the early morning hours of Nov. 13, H.C. agreed. Alleman went to an ATM to get money and texted Curtis “I need a g” (gram of heroin), according to court documents.

A friend identified in the indictment as G.C. fought with Alleman and H.C. about getting heroin. C.G. was forcefully removed from the vehicle. Alleman and H.C. met with Curtis and purchased heroin and cocaine, according to court documents.

On Nov. 13, Alleman prepared a mixture of heroin and cocaine that he and H.C. injected. H.C. then overdosed and died, according to court documents.

“This case demonstrates the terrible toll taken on our community by this epidemic,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “We will continue to prosecute dealers who profit from pain caused to families while trying to get help for those who are ready to change their lives.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Plancon said: “Today, our justice system was at its best. The successful investigation and prosecution of individuals who pollute our neighborhoods with deadly drugs is a victory for the Wooster community. The DEA will continue to target the most heinous drug traffickers in efforts remove them from the streets of America.”

“The continued collaborative efforts of the Medway Drug Task Force and the Cleveland DEA to investigate these opiate overdoses, truly sends a message to our community that people will be held accountable,” said MEDWAY Director Don Hall.

This case is prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Riley following an investigation by the DEA, ATF, MEDWAY Drug Enforcement Agency, Wooster Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Wayne County Coroner's Office and Ohio BCI.


Mike Tobin

Updated May 15, 2018

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