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Jury Convicts Cincinnati Man of 8 Drug and Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio
Defendant will face mandatory minimum of 15 years up to life in prison

CINCINNATI – A U.S. District Court jury here today convicted Qian “Will” Williams, 38, of Cincinnati, of distributing heroin and cocaine from a house in northeast Cincinnati, and of possessing firearms in furtherance of drug crimes.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Keith Martin, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac and Boone County Sheriff Michael A. Helmig announced the verdict reached today following a jury trial that began September 11 before U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.


Testimony by witnesses and evidence presented during the trial showed that for approximately 15 months Williams distributed heroin and cocaine he obtained from sources in Indiana and elsewhere.


Task force officers executed search warrants at Williams’ property on Randomhill Drive in August 2017. They seized more than a kilogram of heroin, more than 100 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia including a kilogram press, six firearms including two handguns, large-capacity magazines, and ammunition. Agents also seized more than $80,000 in cash and jewelry while executing the search warrants. 


The jury found Williams guilty of two counts of distribution of a controlled substance (up to 20 years), one count of possession of a kilogram or more of heroin with intent to distribute it (at least 10 years up to life), one count of possession of 100 or more grams of heroin with intent to distribute it (five to 40 years), one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it (up to 20 years) and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises (up to 20 years).


The jury also convicted Williams of being a felon in possession of a firearm, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, punishable by at least five years and up to life in prison.


A federal grand jury indicted and agents arrested Williams in October 2017. He has been in custody since his arrest and was ordered to remain in custody until he is sentenced. Judge Barrett will schedule a date for sentencing.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the DEA, Cincinnati Police Department and Boone County Sheriff’s Office, as well as assistant United States Attorneys Karl P. Kadon and Ebunoluwa Taiwo, who are representing the United States in this case.


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Updated September 18, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses