New York Man Sentenced to 20 Years
for Leading Drug Trafficking Organization
Contact: Daniel J. Perry
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Shareef Nash (a/k/a "Slow"), age 34, of New York City, was sentenced in U.S. District Court
by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 20 years imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised
release for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine
and heroin. Nash pled guilty to the charges on September 2, 2011.
According to evidence introduced at the sentencing, the plea hearing, and at a trial of a
co-conspirator, Hasan Worthy, from about March 2009 through August 6, 2010, Nash was the
leader of a drug trafficking organization that regularly obtained cocaine from a dealer in New
York City, used female couriers to body carry it to Maine where it was processed into cocaine
base, or "crack cocaine," and then sold it and heroin from apartments in Portland, Lewiston and
Waterville. During the investigation, agents seized 250 grams of cocaine from five female
couriers, $11,000 worth of cocaine, digital scales, about $6,000 and five handguns.
Nash is the latest member of this organization to be sentenced. Judge Hornby previously
imposed sentences of up to nine years on 11 other members of this conspiracy. Worthy and one
other member of the organization await sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Delahanty praised the cooperative investigation conducted by the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives;
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; Portland Police Department; York County Sheriff’s Office;
Maine State Police and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a
partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of
the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking,
weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the
nation's illegal drug supply. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States
Attorney/OCDETF Chief Daniel J. Perry.
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