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December 01, 2017
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Ohio man charged with dealing heroin, fentanyl, cocaine that resulted in overdose death

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – A federal grand jury has charged David L. Dobbins, 38, of Urbancrest, Ohio, with seven charges related to distributing heroin, fentanyl and cocaine – including distribution that resulted in death – in a superseding indictment returned on November 30th, 2017.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent-in-Charge of DEA’s Detroit Field Division, and Grove City Police Chief Jeffrey A. Pearson announced the charges.

The superseding indictment alleges that in February 2017 Dobbins distributed heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl that caused the death of at least one known individual. The victim was found dead at the Star City Inn in Grove City, Ohio.

Dobbins is also charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute the controlled substances and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Dobbins was arrested April 14 and remains in custody. He was charged by an original indictment in October and this superseding indictment adds the charge of distributing heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine that resulted in death.

Distributing narcotics that result in death is a federal crime that carries a potential sentence of 20 years to life in prison. Each possession with the intent to distribute count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Possessing a firearm while committing a drug trafficking crime is punishable by a range of seven years to life in prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the DEA and Grove City Police, and Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Prichard, who is prosecuting the case.


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