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PD: Man charged with selling heroin, fentanyl, crack near homeless camp Downtown

Posted: 9:43 AM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 14:53:15Z

CINCINNATI -- A man has been charged in connection with selling heroin, fentanyl and cocaine near the homeless encampment Downtown, according to Capt. Mike Neville. 

William Dior Caldwell, 32, is wanted on four felony drug charges, Neville said. Caldwell is 5'06'' and about 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He drives a silver Chevrolet Impala with Ohio temporary plate G397853 and a black Honda Accord with Ohio plate HLL1102. Caldwell frequents Walnut Hills, Evanston and Westwood, Neville said. 

“This is another component of the overall efforts and investigation related to the encampments along Third Street,” Neville said. “We knew there was some criminal activity involved in the deliveries, and that’s what we’re addressing right now.”

About 20 people living in the tent city, near Third and Plum streets, will move east to a location approved by City Manager Patrick Duhaney. The city had ordered people to evacuate the camp  last Monday, a move that had advocates for people experiencing homelessness up in arms. 

Samuel Landis, of Maslow's Army, previously said the initial city-ordered evacuation notice came as a "shock." In a special session Thursday, Cincinnati City Council approved Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard’s motion to delay the evacuation for a week.

The people living in the camp will move east a day ahead of the city's deadline  "to show respect for the city, the citizens and the businesses."

The people who aren't moving have signed up for or found housing elsewhere, Landis said. 

Anyone with information regarding Caldwell’s whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could receive compensation.