Ronald Crittenden of Cincinnati was sentenced Thursday to more than 28 years in prison for apparently using prostitutes addicted to drugs to peddle heroin and cocaine in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Crittenden,66, was convicted of conspiring with others to distribute 1.4 kilograms of heroin and nearly 6 kilos of crack cocaine. According to reports he stored 10 firearms and drugs at his home in Cincinnati.
In a release written by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, “He directed the actions of multiple addicted women, who worked as prostitutes and drug couriers for his benefit, Crittenden supplied these addicts with heroin and cocaine, each day, to ensure their continued compliance.”
The co-defendant, Kenneth Eva, told the investigators that the suspect had several women working for him as prostitutes and drug distributors. According to the federal court documents, Qian Williams supplied Crittenden with a quarter ounce of heroin and an ounce of powdered cocaine every day for a year from July 2016 to September 2017.
Many of the drugs were distributed in Boone and Kenton counties in Ohio. In the reports, it states that Crittenden has cooked the bulk of powder cocaine into crack cocaine to distribute. Beginning in March 2017 informants had made several purchases from Crittenden, with a $1,500 purchase for 14 grams of heroin from and him and Tiffany Glass another accomplice.
An informant a month later had bought 27 grams of heroin for nearly $3,000, following another attempted purchase for an ounce of heroin from Crittenden in late September for $2,500.
Kenneth Eva lived in Elsmere where police obtained a search warrant for his house, finding heroin and multiple firearms. He then admitted Crittenden was his main source for heroin and crack. According to the court records Eva also sold and distributed these drugs. Another defendant in the case who goes by the name Susan page told investigators that she had received drugs from Crittenden to sustain her addiction.
All Four suspects, Crittenden, Eva, Susan, and Glass have been arrested and plead guilty. Susan will be sentenced in December, while Glass was sentenced to 42 months and Eva to 21 months followed by parole. The main suspect Crittenden will serve an additional 10 years of supervised release due to his three prior convictions for felony drug trafficking.
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