HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A Highland Heights man pleaded guilty to selling furanyl fentanyl that caused the fatal overdose of a Cleveland teen.
Alec J. Steinberger, 22, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct 31.
Steinberger pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance the resulted in death, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug offense.
Beginning on Jan. 30, 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.
On Feb. 23, 2016, Steinberger texted an associated: "I just got a pack bro." He then informed several people that he had drugs for sale, including a man identified in the indictment only as L.H.
Steinberger texted L.H. repeatedly the next day. Messages included: "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" and "this is uncut from china," according to the indictment.
Steinberger then repeatedly texted L.H. if he knew anyone that could cut or dilute the drugs and repackage it for sale. Steinberger texted: "We gonna chill tmr" "and go to the hood and give samples" and "try and find out how to cut and re rock," according to the indictment.
Shortly after midnight on Feb. 25, Steinberger texted L.H.: "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," according to the indictment.
On Feb. 25, L.H. fatally overdosed on furanyl fentanyl he bought from Steinberger, according to the indictment.
"Investigators of the Heroin Death Investigation Team are trained to investigate heroin overdose cases and link the victims back to the dealers," said Cleveland Division of Police Chief Calvin D. Williams."
Under the terms of his plea agreement, he faces a likely sentence of 12 years in prison.