CINCINNATI — An Ohio drug dealer who sold a lethal dose of Fentanyl to a 17-year-old was ordered to reimburse the teenager’s family for the funeral cost, authorities said.
A federal judge stipulated that Michael Chandler, 29, hand over $9,566 to the family of the teen who died in April 2016 after taking what he thought was heroin but was actually the far more powerful opioid, Fentanyl, prosecutors said.
The payment was part of larger sentencing deal in which Chandler will serve nearly 17 years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges in May.
According to prosecutors, Chandler boasted that he wanted to be the most prolific drug dealer in Cincinnati and sell dope as a pace, “just like McDonald’s.”
Investigators say Chandler’s drug operation came unwound following the teen’s death in nearby Kentucky when cops were able to trace the lethal dose the teen took back to Chander.
A raid of his Cincinnati home revealed a stash of 644 grams of fentanyl, 28 grams of cocaine, a handgun, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia.
Chandler had served multiple earlier prison sentences for cocaine and heroin trafficking. The longest stint behind bars was three years. In December 2012, prosecutors say Chandler he immediately began selling drugs after being paroled and was back in jail within a month.