Lawsuit pending for Warren man accused of selling drugs leading to death by overdose
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A lawsuit is underway in federal court for a man from Warren charged with drug and firearms charges and the sale of drugs which led to the overdose death of a male in 2018.
Maurice Washington, 34, of West Avenue NW in Warren, is on trial before U.S. Judge Patricia A. Gaughan in North Ohio District Court on charges of distributing fentanyl causing death, three counts of distributing cocaine, possession intentional distribution of heroin and fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute tramadol, possession of a firearm for the purpose of a drug crime and being a criminal in possession of a gun.
Washington is accused of selling fentanyl to a man on September 29, 2018 in Warren, which resulted in the death of a man identified as “CB” in court records.
A jury was selected on Monday, and jurors heard testimony Monday and Tuesday and are expected to hear more testimony on Wednesday.
Washington is also charged with selling cocaine on November 14, 15 and 16, 2018, heroin, fentanyl and pain relievers on November 21, 2018, and also having a .25 caliber pistol, a handgun. .22 caliber and a 9mm handgun. November 21, 2018.
Washington is not allowed to have a firearm due to a 2010 conviction for possession of heroin in the Trumbull County Common Plea Court.
The government is also seeking to seize the three guns as well as $ 1,537 in cash, they say, in Washington from the sale of illegal drugs.
A government trial brief said the 40-year-old victim was found around 3 a.m. on September 29, 2018, in the bathtub of his home by his wife. The brief said police were able to use the victim’s cell phone as well as his wife’s information to determine who sold him the drugs that caused his death.
On October 28, 2018, days after a confidential source made an undercover drug purchase at the Forest Street address where the dealer was believed to be selling drugs, someone threw a Molotov cocktail at home, which set it on fire. , says the brief.
After a few more undercover purchases in November, police executed a search warrant on West Avenue, where they found guns, drugs and three cell phones. The brief said Washington admitted everything was his except a gun and he denied police permission to look at his phones.
Washington told police he bought the guns on the streets to protect himself because his house was set on fire, the file said.
The brief says a warrant was issued so the phones could be searched, and investigators were able to place Washington and the victim together just before the victim’s death based on the location of their phones. Records also showed the victim and Washington exchanged several messages prior to the victim’s death, according to the filing.