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Feds charge man for OD death of Warren woman

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A Warren man faces seven federal charges for allegedly selling heroin that resulted in the overdose death of a Warren woman

A federal grand jury has indicted John G. Simer II, 38, on charges of distribution of heroin that resulted in death, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, being a felon in possession of firearms, using firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of body armor.

According to investigators, Simer, who goes by the alias “Casper” sold heroin on March 19, 2017. One day later, the woman ingested the heroin, resulting in her fatal overdose.

The indictment does not reveal the name of the woman.

The feds say they have evidence that one month later, Simer was arrested while carrying cocaine, a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, 58 rounds of ammunition and body armor.

Because of previous convictions for aggravated robbery and firearms offenses, prosecutors say it was illegal to for Simer to have a firearm or body armor.

“Heroin has caused a staggering amount of pain and death across our state, particularly in Trumbull County,” said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman. “We will continue to seek long prison sentences for people who sell heroin and profit off this epidemic.”

The case was investigated by Detectives Melanie Gambill and Chad Shrader of the Warren Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

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