Man pleads not guilty to selling fatal heroin dose to Chardon man

Bond is set at $200,000 for a man accused of selling heroin to a Chardon man who overdosed and died last year.

Alphonso M. Ligon, 49, of Cleveland pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs, and trafficking in heroin during his arraignment Thursday in Geauga County Common Pleas Court.

He is in custody at the Geauga County Jail.

Ligon is accused of selling heroin to Mentor resident Paul Carlozzi, who was found dead in his apartment on April 12, 2015, according to court records.

A Geauga County grand jury handed up Ligon's indictment on April 13. U.S. Marshals arrested him Wednesday, the Geauga County Prosecutor's Office said.

"Our office will continue seeking to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths" Geauga County prosecutor James Flaiz said in the news release.

The Geauga County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Narcotics Agency, Geauga County Coroner's Office, the Willowick Police Department, the Lake County Crime Lab, and the Geauga County Prosecutor's Office assisted in the investigation.

Published by the Cleveland Plains Dealer

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