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Onondaga County Man Sentenced to 68 Months for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking and Possession of Crack Cocaine for Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Ernest B. Shaw, Jr., age 26, of  Nedrow, New York, was sentenced today to serve 68 months in federal prison for his convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Frank A. Tarentino III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his previous guilty plea, Shaw admitted that on September 25, 2019, he possessed 14 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine) for distribution and a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun at his residence in Nedrow, New York. DEA Special Agents assisted by other law enforcement agencies executed a federal search warrant and seized the cocaine base and the loaded handgun from the defendant’s bedroom, along with digital scales and plastic bags. Federal Agents searched the residence as part of a long-term drug investigation that involved the defendant’s father, Ernest B. Shaw, Sr, and others.[1] 

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Syracuse Resident Office, which includes Task Force Officers from the City of Auburn Police Department, the City of Syracuse Police Department, the New York State Police, and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Other Agencies that assisted in this investigation included the New York State Police, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.   


[1] Ernest B. Shaw Sr. was convicted after trial in federal court in September 2021, and is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for his conviction for participating in a federal drug conspiracy.

Updated September 7, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses