COLUMBUS, Ohio – A United States District Court jury convicted Frederick A. McShan, 37, and David McShan, 42, both of Steubenville, Ohio, of running a Steubenville-area heroin-trafficking organization.
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 heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Betsy, Karl Colder, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Washington, D.C. field office, Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane M. Hanlin and members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force announced the verdict reached early Friday evening, which was returned following a trial that began on Monday, March 6th before 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 supplied out of Chicago and was responsible for street-level heroin sales in Steubenville, Ohio, including in the Market Street apartment public housing area, Weirton, W.Va., Wheeling, W.Va. and Bellaire, Ohio.
A yearlong investigation in this case by local, state and federal law enforcement culminated in the seizure of eight firearms, three vehicles and approximately $110,000 of narcotics proceeds.
Four co-defendants in this case have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
Donae F. Grier, 38, of Irving, Texas, sentenced to 60 months in prison;
Christopher J. Bishop, 32, of Weirton, W.Va., sentenced to 120 months in prison;
Kerris D. Moncrease, 32, of Weirton, W.Va., sentenced to 42 months in prison; and
Perrier D. Coleman, 21, of Steubenville, Ohio, sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Terrence J. Smith, 27, Michael K. Greathouse, 25, and Erica L. Jury, 37, all of Steubenville, Ohio have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin is a federal crime punishable by 10 years to up to life in prison. Both conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to commit money laundering are crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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.