Feds charge Cleveland man suspected of selling drugs on West Side that caused overdoses

July 25, 2018 GMT

Feds charge Cleveland man suspected of selling drugs on West Side that caused overdoses

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man accused of selling drugs that caused several overdoses from opioids he sells on the city’s West Side faces federal charges.

Tyler Hall, 28, was indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute narcotics and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An affidavit written by DEA agent Kevin Borchert says Hall became a person of interest in an investigation by Cleveland police’s Heroin Involved Death Investigations squad. The squad investigated three non-fatal overdoses. Two of the users who overdosed told police that their supplier’s name was “Tyler” and that he sold drugs near West 104th Street and Lorain Avenue, the affidavit states.

Authorities conducted surveillance of Hall in the months leading up to his arrest, court filings show.

Authorities searched Hall’s home in the 10400 block of Lorain Avenue and his business, West End Auto Body, on West 104th Street on July 3. He also had two cellphones and $1,152 cash on him when he was arrested, the affidavit says.

Inside his home was a desk where authorities believe drugs were prepared and packaged for sale. Police also found 1.46 grams of fentanyl, 22 grams of cocaine and a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, $6,000 in cash and two bullet proof vests authorities say.

Hall made no statements to police when he was arrested, the affidavit states. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday morning.

Mike O’Shea, Hall’s attorney said it’s still early in the case and was still learning more about the allegations.

Hall has previous conviction for aggravated robbery, intimidation and drug trafficking, among others.

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