The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce several arrests as part of the ongoing effort to combat the local heroin epidemic.
Sheriff George T. Maier commends the hard work and dedication of the employees of the sheriff’s office as well as numerous partners in the effort to keep communities safe.
Sheriff Maier: “The indictments Tuesday are a direct result of our deputies and investigators working collaboratively to combat the heroin epidemic here in Stark County.”
On February 14, 2017, Stark County Sheriff’s Major of Investigative Services, John Oliver, along with members of the Metro Narcotics Unit and the U.S. Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, conducted two arrest warrants.
Major Oliver: “Our metro agents are committed to continuing to investigate all overdose related cases to their fullest to hold those accountable for their actions.”
An arrest warrant was executed in Akron where deputies located and arrested 36-year-old Damon Marcus Slocum and 31-year-old Tiffanie Angel Kegley at their home, each on a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter, a Felony 1.
Detectives determined Slocum and Kegley directly contributed to the death of Sean Latham in May, 2016 by supplying him with the heroin that caused his fatal overdose.
A roughly three-month-long investigation led detectives to conduct a second arrest warrant at a home in Massillon. 23-year-old Vernall Floyde Robinson has been charged with one count of Corrupting Another with Drugs, a Felony 2; and Tampering with Evidence, a Felony 3.
The charges come after a person overdosed on heroin in a public restroom. The victim was transported to the hospital where he received long-term care for a serious medical condition caused by the heroin Robinson distributed.
The investigations represent a strong partnership between multiple law enforcement agencies and the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office. Each play a critical role in keeping Stark County safe.
Stark County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Scott offers this comment on behalf of County Prosecutor John Ferrero:
“As our county fights the heroin epidemic together, our office will do all we can to assist the justice system and treatment community to sensibly rehabilitate heroin users. But, we will continue to work with law enforcement to aggressively prosecute heroin traffickers and hold them accountable for the death and misery their deadly product spreads.”