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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Youngstown man faces fentanyl, heroin and firearms charges, accused of operating drug house

A Youngstown man was named in a five-count indictment, charged with federal narcotics and firearms violations, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Phillip M. Lemon, II, 28, of possessed with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in December 2015. He also possessed with intent to distribute fentanyl and maintained a premises on McHenry Street in Youngstown for the purpose of distributing heroin. Lemon also possessed two RG, model RG23, .22 caliber revolvers and ammunition despite after having been previously convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. He also possessed the firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to the indictment.

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.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Youngstown Police Department. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated July 27, 2016