Drug Enforcement Administration


Keith Martin (Acting), Special Agent in Charge

September 28, 2016

Contact: Brian McNeal

Phone Number: (571) 362-1498

Ohio Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Heroin/Fentanyl That Led To Overdose Death

CINCINNATI - John Wade, 46, of Cincinnati has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a Clermont County man in 2015.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’(DEA) Detroit Division, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, and other members of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, announced the sentence imposed September 26 by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black.
According to court documents, law enforcement agents investigating the July 30, 2015 overdose death of the victim determined that he had purchased a heroin/fentanyl mixture from Wade that day. Investigators found drugs in a bag at the victim’s residence. Forensic examination found Wade’s DNA on the bag. Following additional investigation, task force officers arrested Wade on January 11, 2016. Wade pleaded guilty on May 23, 2016, to one count of distribution of a controlled (heroin and fentanyl).

“This case was the first case investigated by the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force,” Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “It demonstrates that cooperation between agencies produces significant results that help us track deadly drugs back to the source.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Oakley, who represented the United States in this case.

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