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Cincinnati man sentenced to 13 years in prison for fentanyl crime, violating supervised release

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

CINCINNATI – Michael Anderson, 48, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 156 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute it. He was also on supervised release in another federal case.

According to court documents, on Nov. 1, 2021, Anderson possessed with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and maintained his apartment as a place to manufacture, store and distribute drugs.

Hamilton County Heroin Task Force officers were investigating the overdose deaths of Anderson’s significant other and the baby she was carrying. They discovered a kitchen blender, hand press, scale and multiple bags of controlled substances. Investigators identified Anderson’s DNA on the packages that included fentanyl, heroin and xylazine.

Anderson had been sentenced in July 2017 to five years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. His current offense violated his supervised release.

This case was prosecuted as part of the DEA’s Operation Overdrive, a data-driven, intelligence-led approach to combatting overdose deaths and drug-related violent crime. Cincinnati and Dayton were included in the 34 cities selected in Phase 1 of the operation.

“I commend the dedicated work across federal, state and local law enforcement to identify and investigate cases through Operation Overdrive, and my office’s attorneys who prosecute such cases,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker

U.S. Attorney Parker; Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa A. Theetge; Amberley Village Police Chief Richard L. Wallace and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the sentence imposed on May 16 by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott. Criminal Chief Karl P. Kadon is representing the United States in this case.

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Updated May 17, 2023

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