Posted on 3/2/2018

Defendant: Alexander Francis Henize

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “This man held the mother of his children against her will at gunpoint until he eventually exited his home and was arrested.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Alexander Francis Henize, age 29, in connection to his December 26th, 2017 arrest where he had over 600 grams (over a pound) of fentanyl, 3,000 grams (between 6-7 pounds) of butyryl fentanyl, over 10 grams of heroin, a pistol, an assault rifle, and industrial pill press, and over $20,000 in cash in his possession and at his residence.  The victim and their two year old son were also present in the home.  Henize has been indicted for multiple charges, some of which include Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Trafficking in Heroin, Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, Child Endangering, Improper Handling, and Receiving Proceeds Subject to Forfeiture Proceedings in the sixteen count indictment.  “Police believe the fentanyl was sent from China in the mail,” O’Brien stated.  Also included in this indictment is an offense from September 2017 where Henize had an additional $8,000 in cash as well as blue pills containing butyryl fentanyl which resembled oxycodone pills commonly sold on the streets of Franklin County.  “We will continue to aggressively prosecute these traffickers so they can no longer sell these extremely dangerous drugs in Franklin County,” O’Brien further stated.  Henize is set to be arraigned next Wednesday, March 7th at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2B at 345 S. High Street in downtown Columbus.