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Federal judge orders Cincinnati drug dealer to pay for funeral of fentanyl overdose teen victim

November 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal judge orders Cincinnati drug dealer to pay for funeral of fentanyl overdose teen victim

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On Monday, a man in Cincinnati was sentenced to almost 17 years behind bars and has been ordered to cover the funeral costs for a teen who died from a fatal fentanyl overdose.

In May, 29-year-old Michael Chandler pleaded guilty to charges of federal drug distribution.

According to a Justice Department press release, the probe was launched in April 2016, when a 17-year-old identified as “J.H.” was discovered dead in his home. A coroner concluded that he died from a fentanyl overdose.

The Kentucky Drug Task Force learned that the teen had purchased heroin from a person named “Goldie.”

Michael Chandler, 29, pleaded guilty in May to federal drug distribution charges.

When detectives obtained the phone number for the drug dealer, a search of records led them to Chandler.

Detectives used a friend of the victim, only known as-as “C.S.I.,” to make a controlled buy from “Goldie.” At the time of the transaction, the friend was wearing a wire and gave the drugs to the Hamilton County Coroner’s crime lab. The drugs tested positive fentanyl.

Authorities eventually got a search warrant and discovered almost 644 grams of fentanyl, 28 grams of cocaine, a handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia at a home.

U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett sentenced Chandler to 200 months behind bars and pay the teen’s family over $9,000 in restitution to pay for the funeral.

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