Warren County jury convicts man in supplying drugs in overdose death for first time

LEBANON, Ohio – A jury convicted a man Wednesday for providing drugs to a man who later died of an overdose in a first-of-its-kind case for Warren County, Prosecutor David Fornshell announced.

Austin Wells, 26, was convicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs.

Wells provided what he believed was heroin to Ryan Patrick provided what he believed was heroin to Ryan Patrick Jan. 20. However, the drug was actually fentanyl and cocaine, toxicology reports revealed.

Warren County has about four times as many people die from drug overdoses, usually heroin or fentanyl, than traffic crashes, according to Fornshell.

“It’s an epidemic that we’re not going to simply tolerate,” he wrote in the announcement.

Wells will be sentenced in January.

Fornshell said the case should be a warning to drug dealers that they will be prosecuted if someone they sell to dies of an overdose.

“Even if you don’t care about human life, is it really worth spending years of your life in prison?” Fornshell posed.

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