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Jury finds Cincinnati man guilty of gun crimes, dealing drugs from his Betts Avenue home

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

CINCINNATI – A federal jury has convicted a Cincinnati man of one drug and two firearms crimes. The defendant was found guilty on all counts as charged.


Ieben Ewing, 39, is convicted of possessing with the intent to distribute controlled substances, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and illegally possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon. He will face a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison.


The verdict was announced on March 29 following a trial that began on March 27 before Senior U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.


According to court documents and trial testimony, Ewing distributed bulk amounts of narcotics from his residence on Betts Avenue in Cincinnati.


While executing a search warrant at Ewing’s home in March 2022, investigators discovered 770 grams of powder cocaine, 100 grams of crack cocaine, $75,000 in cash and various firearms. The firearms included an AK-style gun with a 100 round “drum” style magazine attached.


“The residents of the North College Hill community should not have to tolerate the illegal activities of Ieben Ewing in their neighborhood. Now he is looking at a lengthy prison sentence,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker.


As a previously convicted felon, Ewing is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.


Ewing was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2022.


Congress sets the minimum and maximum statutory sentences. Sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors at a future sentencing hearing.


Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Hamilton County Charmaine McGuffey and members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Regional Narcotics Unit announced the guilty verdicts. Assistant United States Attorneys David P. Dornette and Timothy D. Oakley are representing the United States in this case.


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Updated March 30, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses