Cuyahoga County

Major heroin dealer draws 14-year sentence


Cleveland – Tevaughn Darling, known on the streets as “Big Baby,” has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for running a major heroin ring that operated on the East Side of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Darling, 37, on Monday afternoon entered a plea of guilty to six counts of Trafficking and one count each of Conspiracy, Having Weapons Under Disability, Tampering With Evidence and Possessing Criminal Tools.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy A. Fuerst accepted Darling’s plea and today sentenced him to 14 years in prison. Among other factors, Judge Fuerst noted that Darling was on probation for prior convictions when he committed the new crimes for which he just pled guilty.

“Big Baby Darling is a wholesaler of heroin. He’s a merchant of death,” said Prosecutor McGinty after the sentencing. “He and other heroin distributors deserve, need and will receive long, hard prison sentences.”
Darling’s adult criminal record stretches over 18 years and includes convictions for Drug Trafficking, Drug Possession and Domestic Violence. In a filing with the court last fall, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office described Darling as “a kingpin in the local heroin trafficking market.”

Items that Darling agreed to forfeit under terms of his plea include two cars, two guns and 10 cell phones.

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