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Cleveland Man Sentenced to More than 16 Years for Possessing Narcotics and Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms

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

CLEVELAND - U.S. Attorney Rebecca C. Lutzko announced today that William Sims, 46, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to 195 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster after a jury convicted Sims of all seven drug trafficking and firearms charges against him.

According to court documents and testimony, on November 26, 2021, after completing controlled purchases of crack cocaine from William Sims during the prior week, Cleveland Police detectives executed a search warrant on Sims’ home. During the search, detectives found Sims in possession of approximately 154.5 grams of methamphetamine,  approximately 124.51 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 78.59 grams of fluorofentanyl and fentanyl, as well as numerous mixtures containing other narcotics like cocaine and heroin. The majority of the drugs were found in Sims’ bedroom, in close proximity with two loaded firearms and ammunition found under Sims’ bed. Sims is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior felony conviction. 

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by Cleveland Police Department and the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Payum Doroodian and Alejandro Abreu.


Thomas Weldon

Updated December 15, 2023

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