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Cleveland man pleads guilty to distribution of heroin and fentanyl

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Shawn L. McClain, 37, of Cleveland, Ohio, pled guilty today to distributing heroin mixed with fentanyl, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

McClain admitted to selling the heroin in Ohio County, WV, specifically within 1,000 feet of Madison Elementary School. He pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl,” one count of “Distribution of Heroin & Fentanyl within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,” and one count of “Distribution of Heroin & Fentanyl.”

McClain faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 conspiracy charge; up to forty years in prison and a fine up to $2,000,000 for the distribution near a protected location charge; and up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the distribution charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated July 21, 2016

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