Drug Enforcement Administration


Keith Martin (Acting), Special Agent in Charge

April 21, 2017

Contact: Brian McNeal

Phone Number: (571) 362-1498

Cincinnati Man Charged With Dealing Heroin, Fentanyl That Led To Overdose Death

CINCINNATI - A federal grand jury has charged Deonte R. Dickey, 19 of Cincinnati with charges related to the distribution of fentanyl in an indictment returned here today. Specifically, Dickey is charged with six counts of distributing heroin and fentanyl - one count including an overdose death - and one count of distributing cocaine.

Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA Detroit Field Division, Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul A. Pride, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac, Norwood Police Chief William Kramer, Blue Ash Police Chief Paul Hartinger, and members of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force announced the indictment that was returned on April 19th, 2017. 

The indictment alleges that from January 2016 through March 2017, Dickey, also known as “Lil Tay,” “Ching Ching” and “Richie,” distributed heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Dickey allegedly supplied the heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of a person on December 31, 2016.

Each distribution charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Distribution resulting in death is punishable by 20 years up to life in prison.

Dickey was arrested today and his initial appearance was held in U.S. District Court at 1:30pm.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the federal, state and local law enforcement as well as Assistant United States Attorney Karl P. Kadon.

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