DOJ Seal

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Friday, November 9, 2018
Benjamin C. Glassman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jennifer Thornton

Cincinnati Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Distributing Opiods

CINCINNATI – Dexter Wright, 37, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in prison for selling a mix of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.


According to court documents, between November 2016 and January 13, 2017, investigators purchased a total of 8.6 grams of the opioid mixture from Wright through a series of controlled, undercover transactions.


“There is no such thing as an insignificant amount of fentanyl or carfentanil,” said U.S. Attorney Glassman. “Even a tenth of a gram causes death and destruction. Traffickers should expect to be prosecuted federally and to receive stiff sentences.”


Wright was charged by a criminal complaint in January 2017 and was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2017. In October 2017, he pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the ATF and Cincinnati Police, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy D. Oakley and Christy L. Muncy, who are representing the United States in this case. 


Columbus Field Division