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Akron man facing charges for allegedly selling carfentanil to man who fatally overdosed

Posted: 10:50 AM, May 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-31 11:32:18-04
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GREENE, Ohio — An Akron man who allegedly sold carfentanil to a man who overdosed and died as been charged for his death.

Ellis Wilson, 25, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. More charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Wilson was arrested on May 23, following an investigation into the fatal overdose of a 36-year-old man in Green.

According to authorities, the victim bought what he believed was heroin off of Wilson but it turned out to be carfentanil— an animal tranquilizer commonly used to sedate elephants and many times more powerful than heroin.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Wilson’s house in Akron and took him into custody. While on scene, police recovered drug paraphernalia and suspected carfentanil.

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said.

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