CLEVELAND -- An Ashtabula man was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for selling heroin that resulted in the death of an Ashtabula woman last year, said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.
Jamarce Miller, 37, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. The count included a "death specification" that the heroin he sold directly resulted in the death of a person.
"Today there is a young girl being raised without a mother because of the heroin sold by Jamarce Miller," Dettelbach said. "We hope today's sentence gives this defendant time to reflect upon the devastation he caused to that girl, that family and our community."
"Jamarce Miller is the typical drug dealer that routinely does not consider the consequences of his actions," said Geno Corley, Resident Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Cleveland office. "DEA and it's law enforcement partners will continue to investigate and ultimately stop the reign of terror by the Jamarce Millers of the world. Today, the community is safer because there is one less dope peddler selling poison on our streets."
Miller was part of a conspiracy led by Rayshawn Reed, who arranged for multiple kilogram quantities of heroin to be brought into Northeast Ohio from the Chicago area from March 2012 to August 15, 2012.
The heroin was then distributed to co-conspirators in Ashtabula, including Miller, who then resold the heroin to other co-conspirators and to heroin users. Heroin from the conspiracy that had been distributed by Miller resulted in the fatal heroin overdose of an Ashtabula-area resident on or about July 7, 2012, according to court documents.
Reed, Miller and the nine other people have been found guilty for their roles in the conspiracy. Reed was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vasile Katsaros and Linda Barr following an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office, the Ashtabula Police Department, the Trumbull/Ashtabula Group Task Force (TAG), the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI), the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.