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Columbus, Ohio, Resident Sentenced to Prison and Supervised Release for Fentanyl and Heroin Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute fentanyl and heroin and for possessing fentanyl and heroin with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Jackie Bell, 32, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon, who also ordered Bell to serve six years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

According to information presented to the Court, Bell served as an interstate source of fentanyl and heroin for drug dealers in Mercer County in 2021. At that time, Bell had 2012 and 2018 fentanyl and heroin trafficking and possession convictions from two Ohio prosecutions that both involved fatal drug overdoses, and also was on probation in Ohio following a separate 2019 conviction for aggravated drug possession.

Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin C. Dobkin and Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Mercer County Drug Task Force, the New Castle Police Department, the Sharon Police Department, the Hermitage Police Department, and the Farrell Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Bell.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated January 30, 2024

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