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Two charged with heroin trafficking

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Shawn Lamont McClain, 36, of Lisbon, Ohio, and Angel Rae Klein, 27, of Wheeling, with heroin trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Klein and McClain are alleged to have possessed and sold heroin throughout late 2014 and early 2015 in Ohio County, West Virginia. In several instances, the defendants allegedly sold heroin containing fentanyl. McClain, also known as “Gucci,” is specifically alleged to have sold heroin in February 2015 near Madison Elementary School in Wheeling. He was previously sentenced to ten years in prison in the Northern District of West Virginia for heroin trafficking in March 2015.

Both defendants are charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl.” Klein is further charged with two counts of “Distribution of Heroin,” one count of “Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” McClain is further charged with one count of “Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl” and one count of “Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.” McClain faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000 on the protected location charge. The defendants each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 on each of the other counts. 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 defendants.

United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, is investigating.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated April 11, 2016

Drug Trafficking