Akron man sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling fentanyl from China that resulted in OD

Akron man sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling fentanyl from China that resulted in OD

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The Akron man charged with selling fentanyl that he obtained from China which resulted in a fatal overdose was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Northern Ohio.

Leroy Steele pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing fentanyl that led to a fatal overdose on March 21, 2015, according to court documents.

Police said Steele, Sabrina Robinson, and Ryan Sumlin obtained the fentanyl from suppliers in China and distributed the drug to people throughout Akron, Fairlawn, and other areas.

"Mr. Steele's actions resulted in the death of another person," Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja said. "Those who profit from selling the heroin and opioids that have devastated our state will be held accountable for their actions."

Akron Police Chief James Nice said, "Keeping this guy behind bars for two decades keeps the residents of Summit County safer."

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