Trumbull County man found guilty of selling heroin that resulted in woman’s fatal overdose

Trumbull County man found guilty of selling heroin that resulted in woman’s fatal overdose
John Simer II

TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A Trumbull County jury found a Warren man guilty of providing heroin to a woman that resulted in her death by overdose.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says John G. Simer II sold heroin on March 19, 2017 that was ingested by a woman a day later. That heroin resulted in the woman’s fatal overdose.

“Opioids and other drugs have caused a staggering amount of pain and death across our state, particularly in Trumbull County,” said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.

Law enforcement captured the 39-year-old in April of 2017. He was found in possession with a pistol, 58 rounds of ammunition, body armor, as well as heroin and cocaine. Previous convictions for aggravated robbery and firearms offences made it illegal to possess a gun.

Simer was found guilty of 13 charges that include distribution of heroin that resulted in death, possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, and being a felon in possession of firearms.

“I hope this case serves as a cautionary tale to anyone who thinks their criminal liability ends after they have sold their drugs. We will continue to investigate these overdose deaths and bring those responsible to justice,” Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel said.

Simer’s sentencing is scheduled for July 17.

“We will continue to seek long prison sentences for people who sell heroin and profit off this epidemic,” Herdman added.

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