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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cleveland man faces drug and firearm charges

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Tremaine D. Cowan, 24, of Cleveland, with possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine and with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Count 1 of the indictment alleges that on or about February 22, 2015, Cowan possessed with intent to distribute less than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

Count 2 of the indictment alleges that on or about February 22, 2015, Cowan possessed a Smith & Wesson, model 642, .38 caliber revolver; a Beretta, model 950BS, .22 caliber semi-auto pistol; and ammunition, after having been convicted of felonious assault, escape and receiving stolen oroperty, all in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wellsville Police Department.   The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason M. Katz.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated April 29, 2015