For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 9, 2017
, United States Attorney
Carole S. Rendon
Contact: Mike Tobin
Youngstown Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Firearms and Drug Crimes, Including Selling Heroin that Resulted in a Fatal Overdose
Field Division: Columbus Field Division
A Youngstown man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for firearms and narcotics violations, including selling heroin that resulted in a fatal overdose, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Lebron Charles Bunkley, 38, was found guilty of last year of charges including distribution of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On May 14, 2016 in Youngstown, a person fatally overdosed on heroin sold by Bunkley, according to court documents.
“This defendant has a long history with firearms and drugs, and sending him to prison for decades will make the community a safer place,” Rendon said.
“Drug abuse and gun violence are a type of cancer,” said Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “ATF is proud to work with our law enforcement partners at the FBI and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force to ensure that individuals who threaten the health of our community are held accountable and prevented from causing further harm.”
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.