Man faces drug charges tied to 27 heroin overdoses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has been charged with heroin distribution in connection to 27 drug overdoses in five hours in a single West Virginia city.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia announced Friday that 22-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs from Akron, Ohio, was charged in federal court with drug distribution in connection to the Aug. 15 spate of overdoses in Huntington. One man died.

An affidavit filed in court alleges that one of the victims who survived identified Griggs as the dealer, and police corroborated it with other witnesses and video surveillance in the neighborhood where the overdoses occurred.

Griggs made an initial appearance Thursday in Ohio and will be transported to West Virginia. A message left with his public defender in Ohio was not immediately returned.

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