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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dayton Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl

DAYTON – Nicholas Gay, 37, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in prison for distributing fentanyl.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and other members of the Sheriff’s Office RANGE Task Force announced the sentence handed by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.


According to court documents, Gay sold a confidential informant fentanyl on three occasions, totaling approximately 14 grams of the drug. A recorded conversation between Gay and the confidential informant included Gay giving instructions on how to dilute the drug in order to make a larger profit when reselling it.


When executing a search warrant at Gay’s home, investigators found an additional 200 grams of fentanyl and fentanyl/heroin mixture in a Crown Royal bag in plain view on a table, as well as $5,000 in cash.


Gay pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of distributing fentanyl.


“Gay had in his home more than 200 grams of various fentanyl mixtures – the equivalent of thousands of potential sales to drug addicts,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “After having previously served time for dealing cocaine, Gay will now will spend the next decade in prison for trafficking fentanyl. His removal makes the community safer.”


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office RANGE Task Force, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Brent G. Tabacchi and Andrew J. Hunt, who are representing the United States in this case. 


Drug Trafficking
Updated February 12, 2018