Convicted drug dealer linked to fatal overdose arrested in sting 

Dejuan T. Jones

ASHTABULA  — An Ashtabula man was arrested Wednesday after police say an investigation into a fatal overdose led to him. according to a press release from the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County.

According to police, officers with the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County were investigating the June 19, 2019 fatal overdose of a 23-year-old Ashtabula man and discovered that the man bought drugs from Dejuan T. Jones, 26, of Burlingham Circle in Ashtabula. 

On Aug. 1, the Crime Enforcement Agency received the overdose victim's toxicology report along with the Cuyahoga County Coroner's verdict — the death was caused by a Fentanyl overdose.

Municipal Judge Laura DiGiacomo issued an arrest warrant for Jones on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Jones was arrested and transported to the Ashtabula County jail in Jefferson. He now faces a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter, according to court records.

His preliminary hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. Thursday in Municipal Court.

Jones was on parole from a 2017 conviction for trafficking drugs, according to court records.

"This case serves as a tragic reminder that those within our community who sell heroin, along with heroin related analogs, have no knowledge of the chemistry of the drug they are distributing," said Detective Mike Palinkas of the Ashtabula Police Department. "Often what is being sold as heroin is actually a mixture of drugs. These mixtures often result in overdoses, some of which are fatal."