CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced a Cleveland man to 30 years in prison after a jury determined he sold the heroin and fentanyl that killed a Lakewood.
Kadeem Davis, 31, of Cleveland, was found guilty of one count of distribution of fentanyl and heroin, with a sentencing enhancement alleging the sale resulted in death, and two counts of use of a communication facility in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession of fentanyl and heroin with intent to distribute, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to an affidavit, Lakewood police found a man unconscious and shallowly breathing at a residence in Lakewood on August 21, 2018. They administered Narcan, but the man later died at the hospital.
During the subsequent investigation, police found what turned out to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl a cell phone in the victim’s room.
In the victim’s phone, the police found a text conversation with “Dopeman” that indicated that he met with the victim and sold him heroin and fentanyl, the release said.
Police used the victim’s phone to try to buy the same drugs and to set up a meeting with “Dopeman” at a local Burger King.
“Dopeman” turned out to be Davis, who was arrested, according to the press release. He had the cell phone that he used to communicate with the victim and later police and a plastic bag containing a purple substance similar to that found in the victim’s room. It was later determined to be a heroin fentanyl mixture.
“Thousands of lives have been lost and an untold amount of pain and suffering has been endured by friends and families in this District and throughout the country as a result of the opioid epidemic,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan in the release. “Drug dealers who exploit the vulnerabilities that addiction creates should be prepared to serve lengthy prison sentences.”