Criminal Justice

September 9, 2022

Career Offender in Elyria Sentenced to More Than 21.5 Years in Prison

CLEVELAND - Terry L. Jackson Sr., 50, of Elyria, Ohio, was sentenced on Thursday, September 8, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent to more than 21.5 years in prison after Jackson was convicted in a trial by jury of distributing cocaine base (crack) and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine base (crack) and methamphetamine.
September 14, 2022

Lab confirms powder form of colorful rainbow fentanyl now in southwest Ohio

CINCINNATI (ENQUIRER) - Colorful powdered fentanyl has reached the Hamilton County Crime Laboratory, and while “rainbow” colored fentanyl pills haven’t been seen here yet, it’s possible pills will be made by those who get the powdered form, our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
August 29, 2022

Prosecutors drop opioid charges against former drug distributor, officer

Ex-compliance officer James Barclay says he was "scapegoat" for DEA failure. Barclay had pleaded guilty in deal that avoided jail time.
August 30, 2022

Fourteen in Elyria and Cleveland Indicted for Roles in Drug Trafficking Organization

CLEVELAND - Fourteen members of a drug trafficking organization operating in Northeast Ohio were charged today after a grand jury returned a 38-count indictment, alleging that the defendants participated in a conspiracy that distributed over 5 kilograms of cocaine, over 280 grams of crack cocaine base and fentanyl throughout the area.
August 11, 2022

In Cincinnati, Portman Leads Roundtable Discussion Addressing Ongoing Addiction and Fentanyl Overdose Crisis in Ohio & Across U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) led a roundtable discussion with Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition (HC ARC), law enforcement, and other stakeholders to discuss opiate addiction, the rise in fentanyl overdoses in Ohio and across the U.S., and efforts to address those issues – both on a local and national level.
August 17, 2022

Fentanyl fuels local spike in drug overdose deaths

Franklin County drug overdose deaths spiked for a second year in a row, an increase largely driven by an influx of fentanyl.
August 15, 2022

Pain Management Physician Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids

A federal jury in the Southern District of Ohio convicted an Ohio physician on Friday for unlawfully distributing opioids from his Martin’s Ferry clinic.
August 4, 2022

Former Mahoning County Physician Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Illegally Prescribing Controlled Substances and Causing the Deaths of Two Patients

CLEVELAND - Martin Escobar, 58, a former Mahoning County physician, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent after he previously pleaded guilty to 54 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances—including two counts of distributing controlled substances that caused the deaths of two patients and one count of distributing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21—and 31 counts of health care fraud.