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Akron man sentenced to life in prison for role in methamphetamine conspiracy
An Akron man was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of methamphetamine.
Damar Ruffin, 34, was convicted by a jury earlier this year.
Ruffin in flew from Cleveland to Reno, Nevada, where he rented a vehicle and drove to Sacramento, California. Ruffin and others packaged five bags containing a total of approximately 2,211 grams of methamphetamine in two plastic cylinders on Nov. 4, 2015. Ruffin then drove from California to Nevada, then flew back to Cleveland, according to court documents and trial testimony.
Ruffin was present on Nov. 13, 2015, at 665 W. Exchange Street in Akron, when the contents of the parcel with the methamphetamine was delivered to that location, according to court documents and trial testimony.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Akron Police Department and the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Henry F. DeBaggis and Alex Abreu.
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The Northern District of Ohio consists of the 40 northern counties in Ohio. The U.S. Attorney's office (USAO) for the district is located in Cleveland, Ohio and there are staffed branch offices in Toledo, Akron and Youngstown. The office is divided into organizational units with specific responsibility for carrying out the mission of the office.
Date Published: May 31, 2018