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Grace Bosworth: Accused fentanyl smuggler found dead in Norwood

Cause of death undetermined
Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 16:10:05-05

NORWOOD, Ohio - A small business owner accused of smuggling fentanyl into the Tri-State has been found dead in her Norwood home. The cause of death is not yet determined.

Grace Bosworth, 39, was found Dec. 5 on the second floor of her two-family home at 5011 Forest Ave., according to a Norwood Police incident report. A federal pre-trial services officer asked police to check on Bosworth because a location-monitoring device indicated she hadn’t left the house for three days, the report said.

Grace Bosworth and James Halpin

Bosworth and co-defendant James Halpin were arrested in June after an undercover agent purchased 100 milligrams of fentanyl from “a website on the dark web,” according to an affidavit in support of a federal criminal complaint.

The affidavit said Halpin told investigators Bosworth bought weekly shipments of at least 2 grams of fentanyl and repackaged the drugs so Halpin could mail them from local post offices to customers all over the country. Halpin told investigators that he and Bosworth were daily users of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid linked to thousands of overdose deaths in Ohio.

Bosworth was the owner of Global 2 Local Language Solutions, a translation-services business incubator that was based in Hamilton County until July of this year. In October, Bosworth and Halpin both indicated in court filings that they were exploring “pre-indictment negotiations with the government.”