Cincinnati man sentenced to 16 years in prison for selling fentanyl to a teen

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A Cincinnati man was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison Wednesday for selling fentanyl to a high school student that had a near-fatal overdose, according to a U.S. District Court.

Marcus Phoenix, 33, sold narcotics to a teenager back in March 2019, U.S. Southern District of Ohio Attorney Kenneth Parker said.

According to court documents, the teen texted Phoenix and asked to buy $20 worth of “fire.” The high schooler thought “fire” meant Percocet, which they had purchased from Phoenix in the past.

The high schooler overdosed, and after two doses of Narcan failed, emergency room doctors performed surgery to save the victim’s life, court documents explained.

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