- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say three Akron residents accused of buying the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl from Chinese suppliers that caused a fatal overdose are wanted on federal charges.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland said Tuesday the three remained at-large. The spokesman said a person identified as T.R. died in March of a fentanyl overdose in Akron.

Fentanyl is sometimes sold as heroin or is mixed with heroin and is especially dangerous for those unaware of what they are ingesting or injecting. The drug is typically prescribed to cancer patients who don’t get relief from other pain medications.

The charges say a 35-year-old man sold the fatal dose. That man, a 26-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.

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