Drug Enforcement Administration


Keith Martin , Special Agent in Charge

February 26, 2019

Contact: Brian McNeal

Phone Number: (571) 362-1498

20-year sentence for Franklin County man who sold fatal drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – David L. Dobbins, 39, of Urbancrest, Ohio, was sentenced in United States District Court to 240 months in prison for dealing narcotics that resulted in an overdose death.


U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Plancon, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman and Grove City Police Chief Jeffrey A. Pearson announced the sentence imposed yesterday by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.


According to court documents, 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. On Feb. 8, 2017 after four 9-1-1 hang-up calls to the Grove City 911 Center, a man stated someone had overdosed in the hotel, and then the call disconnected.


When law enforcement arrived, no one was in the room with the victim. Cellular data and DNA evidence linked Dobbins to the distribution of the fatal narcotics.


Dobbins was arrested April 14, 2018 and has been in custody since. He was charged by an original indictment in October 2018 and a superseding indictment in November 2018.


Dobbins pleaded guilty in July 2018 to three counts of possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, two counts of possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of distributing heroin and cocaine.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the DEA and Grove City Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy D. Prichard and David J. Bosley are prosecuting the case.




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