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Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:09 PM
— Montgomery County is among 10 counties nationwide being targeted for a stepped up effort to prosecute those dealing the deadly opioid fentanyl and its cousins.
Federal and state officials announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), Thursday, a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis and to identify suppliers.
As part of the effort, prosecutors will launch an enforcement surge in 10 districts with some of the highest drug overdose death rates, including Montgomery County.
The idea is to prosecute every readily provable case involving the distribution of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids, regardless of how small the drug quantity might be.
Operation S.O.S. was inspired by a similar program piloted in Manatee County, Florida.
"When it comes to synthetic opioids, there is no such thing as a small case," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in announcing the effort. "In 2016, synthetic opioids killed more Americans than any other kind of drug. Three milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal--that's not even enough to cover up Lincoln's face on a penny.”
Florida prosecutors have shown that prosecuting seemingly small synthetic opioids cases can have a big impact and save lives, Sessions said.
“We recommended including Montgomery County in this nationwide effort because of the way the community has stepped up enforcement, treatment and prevention efforts to battle the opioid epidemic since overdose deaths began their rapid climb in 2015,” said Benjamin Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “This focus will boost our efforts to dismantle the organizations that bring synthetic opioids into the area, track down the organization’s leaders and prosecute them for their crimes.”
So far in 2018, 128 people have died from accidental drug overdoses in Montgomery County. Monthly deaths are down significantly from last year when the county saw 566 overdose deaths.
Each participating district in the operation will be sent an additional two-year term Assistant United States Attorney to assist with drug-related prosecutions.
The 10 participating districts are:
Northern District of Ohio
Southern District of Ohio
Eastern District of Tennessee
Eastern District of Kentucky
Southern District of West Virginia
Northern District of West Virginia
District of Maine
Eastern District of California
Western District of Pennsylvania
District of New Hampshire
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:41 PM
DAYTON — Update@11:40 p.m.:
The victim has been identified as Charles Hayes,67, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office.
No other information was immediately available. But we will continue working on this story to bring you the latest details.
A homicide investigation is underway on East Fifth Street this afternoon, according to a Dayton police report.
Police were on the scene of the investigation in the 2600 block of East Fifth around 4:30 p.m., records showed.
A 911 caller told police she showed up at her friend’s house this afternoon and her belongings were on the back porch and the victim was dead inside the house.
The call was placed around 3:15 p.m.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 1:42 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:32 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.:
Donnie K. Jones has been cleared of the following charges: possession of drugs, advertising and possession, assault and criminal trespassing, according to Miami Valley Jail records. He is awaiting court action and a parole hearing for separate assault and criminal trespassing charges as well as a parole violation charge.
INITIAL STORY -- July 11:
A local panhandler was arrested for drug possession Tuesday afternoon.
Police received several complaints about an aggressive panhandler harassing people at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Allen Street, according to a Dayton police report.
Officers searched the Twin Towers area and apprehended Donnie K. Jones, 54, on his bicycle. Jones was found with crack cocaine in his right shoe and a metal tube in his left shoe, according to the report.
Jones was taken and processed at Montgomery County Jail. He is booked under the suspicion of drug possession, drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing. He also had a warrant for assault and criminal trespassing, according to the report.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
OXFORD — A woman awaiting surgery was found passed out in a restroom at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital-TriHealth, and the cause is suspected to be use of heroin, according to a police report.
The unnamed suspect was reportedly in the hospital July 13 for surgery related to multiple abscessed wounds on her arms from IV drug use. It is suspected that an unnamed boyfriend passed her heroin in the hospital, according to police.
The woman was found in a restroom unresponsive from a possible drug overdose, according to police.
A bag of a hard, dark substance suspected to be heroin was located sticking out of her purse pocket when her belongings were moved to the Intensive Care Unit from her prior room, according to police.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
COLUMBUS — An Alaska man is accused of defrauding people in Ohio and other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Andrew Jensen, 30, of Anchorage, was arraigned Monday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court in McConnelsville, about 82 miles southeast of Columbus.
He is jailed in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville following his indictment by a Morgan County grand jury on 29 felony counts, including telecommunications fraud, identity fraud, grand theft of a motor vehicle, theft from the elderly, money laundering and misuse of credit cards, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Investigators said Jensen lied to people, telling them he was a successful businessman or military veteran, to convince them to give him money, property or services. He also allegedly made misleading statements to obtain loans, lines of credit, vehicles and other goods or services.
Investigators believe at least 22 people, including an Ohio senior citizen from Morgan County, were affected and that losses total more than $450,000, according to the release.
An attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit has been appointed by the Morgan County prosecutor to handle the case as a special prosecutor. The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.