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Ohio man faces drug-related felonies in overdose case

A 24-year-old Ohio man is facing multiple felony charges after police allege he was responsible for supplying the heroin that led to the overdose of a 46-year-old man on Sept. 27. On that day, a 29-year-old woman found the man on his front porch around 1 p.m. He was unconscious, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A few hours later, police detained the 24-year-old man after he arrived at the victim's home. The man allegedly had two bags of heroin with him, and police claim he was planning to sell them to the deceased individual. Police took him into custody and charged him with drug trafficking. On Dec. 23, a warrant was issued related to the 46-year-old man's overdose. The man may now face additional charges of corrupting another with drugs, heroin trafficking and involuntary manslaughter.

The accused has other convictions on his record, according to sources. In 2009, he was sentenced to a 18 months of probation for a computer theft at the University of Akron, and in 2010, he was reportedly sentenced to three years of probation after acting as the getaway driver in a robbery.

An individual who is faced with drug charges of this severity may wish to consult an attorney. In a similar case, an attorney might suggest several different strategies depending on the evidence. For example, if there is little chance of linking the heroin that caused the overdose to an individual, then an individual charged with manslaughter in such a case might wish to plead innocent. Negotiating a plea bargain might be another alternative. This might result in an individual facing fewer penalties and avoiding a trial in exchange for pleading guilty to some charges.

Source: Cleveland.com, "Akron heroin dealer arrested delivering drugs to home of man who just fatally overdosed, police say", Adam Ferrise, December 23, 2014

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