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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

20-year Sentence For Man Who Dealt Heroin That Resulted In Overdose Death

CONTACT: Fred Alverson
Public Affairs Officer

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Anthony D. Scott, 28, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 240 months in prison for distributing the heroin that led to the overdose death of a Columbus man in August 2013.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, James V. Allen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA and agencies participating in the DEA task force announced the sentence imposed today by U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.

Scott pleaded guilty in February 2014 to distribution of heroin. At the time of his plea, Scott acknowledged distributing heroin on multiple occasions in July and August of 2013, including the heroin that caused the overdose-death of a 41 year-old Columbus man, as well as possessing heroin and cocaine along with 5 firearms in his residence at the time of his arrest. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter told the court, “Presented here is not some hypothetical or rhetorical statement by a prosecutor about a defendant that is causing harm to the community; there was significant and compelling evidence that the heroin that Mr. Scott pumped into the streets of Columbus directly contributed to the death” of a Columbus-area man.

Scott was also sentenced to serve six years under court supervision after he serves his prison time.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by special agents of the DEA, the police departments in Upper Arlington, Westerville, and Grove City, the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force (C.O.D.E.), Franklin County Sherriff Zach Scott’s Office, and the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit for their participation in the investigation and arrest of Scott in August 2013. Scott has been in custody since his arrest.

Updated July 23, 2015