Cincinnati man sentenced for dealing heroin fentanyl mix

Posted at 11:10 AM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 11:10:34-04

CINCINNATI -- A judge sentenced a Cincinnati man for dealing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that killed at least one person, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman.

U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett sentenced Omar Israel-Griffin, 27, to 235 months in prison on Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials began investigating after a man died of an overdose on Nov. 19, 2015 in his Anderson Township home, according to court documents.

The investigation revealed Israel-Griffin sold the man a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. An autopsy confirmed the drugs caused his death, Glassman said.

Israel-Griffin pleaded guilty in April 2017 to one count of distribution of a controlled substance. Barrett also sentenced Israel-Griffin to eight years of supervised release.

“Dealers must recognize that they perpetuate tragedy when they distribute narcotics like fentanyl and heroin,” Glassman said in a news release. “They are playing a direct role in the deaths of others.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Oakley is representing the United States in this case.