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October 12, 2017  
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Main defendant in eastern Ohio heroin distribution organization sentenced to 24 years in federal prison

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Frederick A. McShan, 37, of Steubenville, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 288 months in prison for his role in running a heroin trafficking organization in greater Steubenville.

McShan and his brother, David McShan, 39, were each convicted following a weeklong jury trial in March of 2017.

Specifically, Frederick McShan was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, 12 counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.  David McShan was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

David McShan was sentenced on August 31st, 2017, to 74 months in prison and eight years of supervised release.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Field Division, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane M. Hanlin, and members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

According to court documents and testimony, the McShan brothers helped lead a drug organization that was responsible for street-level heroin sales in Steubenville, Ohio, Weirton, W.Va., Wheeling, W.Va. and Bellaire, Ohio.

The yearlong investigation in by local, state and federal law enforcement culminated in the seizure of eight firearms, three vehicles and approximately $110,000 of narcotics proceeds.

Seven co-defendants in this case have pled guilty and been sentenced. They include:

Donae F. Grier, 38, of Irving, Texas, who was sentenced to 60 months in prison;
Christopher J. Bishop, 32, of Weirton, W.Va., who was sentenced to 120 months in prison;
Kerris D. Moncrease, 32, of Weirton, W.Va., who was sentenced to 42 months in prison;
Perrier D. Coleman, 21, of Steubenville, Ohio, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison;
Terrence L. Smith, 27, of Steubenville, Ohio, who was sentenced to 87 months in prison;
Michael K. Greathouse, 25, of Steubenville, Ohio, who was sentenced to 100 months in prison and
Erica L. Jury, 37, of Steubenville, Ohio, who was sentenced to time served.
                                                                       
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative efforts of law enforcement, as well as Deputy Criminal Chief Michael Hunter, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jane M. Hanlin who are prosecuting the case.


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