Ohio man, 21, charged with selling opioid that resulted in Cleveland teen's fatal OD

Ohio man, 21, charged with selling opioid that resulted in Cleveland teen's fatal OD

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A 10-count indictment was unsealed that charges a Highland Heights man was with selling furanyl fentanyl that resulted in the fatal overdose of a Cleveland teen, authorities said.

Alec Steinberger, 21, was indicted on one count each of distribution of furanyl fentanyl that resulted in death, distribution of furanyl fentanyl and distribution of Xanax, and seven counts of using a telephone to facilitate the commission of a felony.

Authorities said beginning Jan. 2016, Steinberger received Alprazolam (also known as Xanax) and furanyl fentanyl for distribution. Furanyl fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid.

These drugs came to Steinberger through the mail, according to the indictment.

Authorities said he then informed several people that he had drugs for sale, including a man identified in the indictment only as L.H.

Steinberger, according to the indictment, texted L.H. repeatedly the next day:

  • "bro I did it last night any my pupils got so small they disappeared and then I was nodding for 18 hrs"
  • “Bro this is uncut from the road”
  • “this is uncut from china”

Steinberger is accused of repeatedly texted L.H. if he knew anyone that could cut or dilute the drugs and repackage it for sale.

Steinberger is also accused of sending these texts:

  • “We gonna chill tmr”
  • “and go to the hood and give samples”
  • “try and find out how to cut and re rock"
  • “Find me customers and tell them you’re the plug and I’ll get it to you and then sell it and cut u in a tiny bit and throw u a free (Klonopin) and dope"

On Feb. 25, L.H. fatally overdosed on furanyl fentanyl he bought from Steinberger, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case.

Copyright 2017 WOIO. All rights reserved.