A 37-year-old Elyria man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in connection with the distribution of heroin and fentanyl.
Leon Hale was found guilty on four counts of distribution of heroin and fentanyl in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland. Judge Donald Nugent imposed the seven-year sentence.
This case was part of a larger series of cases where, if prosecutors can prove a person sold any drugs resulting in death or serious bodily injury, they have the option of pursuing a federal case, according to Mike Tobin, community and public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland.
Hale was indicted in the federal case in 2016 alongside Delante Lunn, of Elyria; Russell “Red” Davis, of Lorain; Cecil Shelton, of Elyria; and Jesus D. Cruz, of Elyria, in connection with several overdoses — including three fatalities — in Elyria and Lorain that year.
Hale originally was arrested after an overdose of a then-28-year-old woman at the Super 8, 910 Lorain Ave., Elyria. The woman survived the incident and Hale was charged with corrupting another with drugs, trafficking in fentanyl and trafficking in heroin.
Hale will be given credit for time already served. The court also recommended he complete a 500-hour drug treatment program and a serve probation for three years after his release.
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