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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cleveland man to serve 18 years for distribution of heroin, fentanyl

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Shawn Lamont McClain, 37, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced for the distribution of heroin mixed with fentanyl and will now serve a total of 18 years in prison, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

McClain, who admitted to selling and conspiring to sell heroin and fentanyl on several occasions in 2015 in Ohio County, was sentenced to 95 months today by Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.  Judge Stamp ordered the sentence to run consecutively to a 120-month sentence previously imposed by U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey for a 2014 heroin trafficking conviction, and thus McClain will be incarcerated for a total of 215 months.

Evidence was presented at today’s sentencing hearing regarding the powerful nature of the substances sold by McClain and the fact that it led to multiple overdoses in the Ohio Valley.  Several of McClain’s transactions occurred on Wheeling Island, and one occurred near Madison Elementary School.

U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

Updated October 19, 2016