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Man sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after exposing Ohio officer to Fentanyl

Man sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after exposing Ohio officer to Fentanyl (Ohio Attorney General's Office)

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKRC) - A man who was accused of assaulting a police officer with Fentanyl plead guilty on Monday to multiple drug-related charges.

25-year-old Justin Buckel pleads guilty to 23 charges that included trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence, and assaulting a peace officer. He was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on all 23 counts.

"The assault and tampering with evidence charges relate to a May 2017 incident in which Buckel (pictured) exposed East Liverpool Police Officer Chris Green to fentanyl during a traffic stop conducted as part of "Operation Big Oak." Officer Green survived the exposure after being revived with four doses of naloxone," said a statement from the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

"Fentanyl is so dangerous that even the slightest exposure can be deadly, but thankfully, in this case, naloxone was close at hand," said Attorney General DeWine. "We are serious about holding drug traffickers responsible for bringing this poison into our neighborhoods."


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