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Attorney General Jeff Sessions talks Chinese fentanyl, dark web drugs in Cleveland

August 22, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions talks Chinese fentanyl, dark web drugs in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a news conference Wednesday morning in Cleveland actions his Justice Department and local federal prosecutors have taken regarding the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Sessions spoke alongside U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman and other Justice Department officials. He mostly stuck to talking about law enforcement activity regarding prescription and synthetic opioids in an effort to reduce the number of overdose deaths nationwide.

He did, however, appear to briefly address the flurry of news that happened yesterday regarding criminal actions by those who worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Sessions, whose recusal from the investigation into the 2016 presidential election makes him a favorite target of Trump, said everyone was aware of the activities of his Justice Department and that he would not comment on them.

“But this Department of Justice is focused on the priorities that this president and the American people have given us,” he said, naming the opioid crisis, violent crime, gangs and immigration.

The announcements Sessions made included:

 Obtaining temporary restraining orders against Akron doctor Michael Tricaso and Sandusky doctor Gregory Gerber, preventing them from prescribing medication. Officials say they were over-prescribing painkillers that patients.

An indictment against Fujing Zheng, aka Gordon Jin, and his father Guanghau Zheng. Both men live in China and are charged with manufacturing and shipping fentanyl and other synthetic drugs to at least 25 countries, including the U.S. Bin Wang, a Boston-area chemist, pleaded guilty this month to receiving shipments from the Zheng’s organization and sending the drugs to multiple states, including Ohio.

“Operation Darkness Falls,” in which several people who sold fentanyl and other drugs on the dark web. Several of those defendants are Ohio residents.

This story will be updated.

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