Akron drug dealer who caused West Virginia overdoses sentenced

Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia

Bruce Lamar Griggs
Bruce Lamar Griggs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – An Akron man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison.

Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia.

Twenty-eight people overdosed shortly after using heroin sold by Griggs on Aug. 15, according to authorities. Several victims implicated Griggs, who was arrested a week later.

Authorities said two people died of heroin overdoses in Huntington around that time, but U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers said none of the deaths were from Griggs’ sales.

Victims’ blood and urine tests showed heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil — an opioid considered 10,000 times stronger than morphine and used as an elephant tranquilizer.

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