Mexican National Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Reentry and Role in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy
AKRON – A federal jury on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, convicted James Dailey, 34, of Cleveland, Ohio, of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as possession of other controlled substances. Dailey was convicted following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge John R. Adams in Akron.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on Feb. 4, 2021, officers with the Cleveland Division of Police, Gang Impact Unit observed three individuals, one later identified as Dailey, exit a house suspected of being a drug premise. Authorities witnessed Dailey enter a vehicle and later attempted to perform a traffic stop; however, the vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
The next day, Feb. 5, 2021, authorities found the same vehicle from the day before parked at a gas station. Authorities then observed Dailey enter the driver’s seat of vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle, saw narcotics in view and placed Dailey under arrest. In a subsequent search of Dailey and the vehicle, authorities found Dailey to be in possession of quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine base (crack), fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and cocaine.
Dailey is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22, 2023.
This case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of the FBI and the Cleveland Division of Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick P. Burke and Segev Phillips.