Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Two 'Blue Drop Heroin' Distributors Take Plea Deal in Northeast Ohio Case

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:37 PM

click to enlarge Creagh
  • Creagh
This week, two major heroin distributors in Marion County pleaded guilty in federal court to their role in multiple overdose deaths. Eric Creagh, 32, the "main supplier," according to officials, and 27-year-old Rashawn Thomas will be sentenced later this year. (Marion is southwest of Mansfield.)

The acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Carole Rendon, surmised that Creagh will eventually be sentenced to 16 years in prison and Thomas will be sentenced to nine years in prison.

Marion Police Chief Bill Collins reflected this week on the early-2015 rash of overdose deaths in his city. "At that time, we were devastated and overwhelmed as a community," he said. 

Over the course of 11 days in 2015, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marion Metro Drug Enforcement Unit watched Creagh depart from the two houses he owned and complete a drug transaction. (Marion is southwest of Mansfield.)

During searches of Creagh's two homes, agents found multiple firearms (Creagh was a convicted felon and barred from owning guns) and equipment used to dye heroin and prepare it for distribution. In one house, agents found more than 1 kilogram of heroin cut with fentanyl. 

By August 2015, investigators had confirmed the connection between Creagh's sales and a 31-year-old man's overdose death. 

"If you sell heroin or fentanyl to someone and they die, we are going to come after you with a hammer that is much bigger than anything you have seen before or expected," Rendon said.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.