Detroit man gets 30 years in overdose death

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

A Detroit man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for selling heroin that led to a 36-year-old Westland man's overdose death, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. 

Alxleotold Gordon, 46, pleaded guilty in September to distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death, possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon and possession of firearms in further of a drug trafficking crime.

Gordon has numerous felony drug convictions, according to federal authorities.

Alxleotold Gordon, 46.

The incident occurred in January 2017 when Lori Ann Pangborn, Gordon's co-defendant, supplied heroin to the victim while he was in a recovery house trying to overcome his addiction. 

Lori Ann Pangborn

Pangborn pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced to 108 months in prison. 

“This conviction and sentence is particularly important given Mr. Gordon’s numerous previous felony conviction for narcotics distribution offenses,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement. “Persons addicted to opiates face nearly insurmountable challenges in beating their addiction. Those who make it available to users guarantee failure in that fight.”

Westland Police Department and the Detroit office of the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.

“Westland Detectives and Officers from the Special Investigations Unit conducted a thorough and professional investigation, quickly determined the defendants’ identities and orchestrated a seamless undercover operation and search warrant resulting in Gordon and Pangborn’s arrest," Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik said.

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