ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - An Elyria man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin and fentanyl, including fentanyl that caused the death of an Elyria resident last year.
Siarres R. Noble, age 29, pleaded guilty earlier this year to four counts of distribution of fentanyl, two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Noble admitted selling heroin and fentanyl at various times in March and November 2013, including fentanyl that he sold on November 8, 2013, which resulted in the death of an Elyria resident one day later.
"The drugs sold by this defendant killed a woman," Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said. "Heroin and fentanyl use leads to death, destroys lives and damages families. This should send a clear message to drug dealers who are doing nothing more than selling poison, that we in law enforcement will work death and overdose cases back from the victims, identify who supplied them the drugs and hold them accountable for their actions."
"There will be consequences for those who continue to feed addiction in this state, and as today's sentence makes clear, dealers will be held accountable for deaths caused by their drug sales," said Attorney General DeWine.
"Law enforcement will continue to collaborate on the state, federal, and local level to hold drug dealers and those who assist them responsible."Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely said. "There is a serious drug problem in this country and it is important that law enforcement at every level take the steps necessary to combat the sales of illegal drugs. Sadly, in this case, the sale of drugs led to someone's death. The weapon used may not have been a gun, but it is just as deadly."