Steubenville Heroin Dealer Goes To Prison

COLUMBUS — Fred A. McShan, 37, of Steubenville was sentenced in federal court by Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. on Thursday to 24 years in prison for his role in running the largest heroin ring in the Ohio Valley to date.

His brother, David McShan, 39, of Steubenville was sentenced on Aug. 31 in federal court to 74 months in prison.

The McShan brothers each were convicted after a week-long jury trial in March.

Fred McShan was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin, 12 counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. David McShan also was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin was appointed a special federal prosecutor in the case.

According to court documents and testimony, the McShan brothers helped lead a drug organization that was responsible for street-level heroin sales in Steubenville, including in the Market Street apartment public housing area, Weirton, Wheeling and Bellaire.

A year-long 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.

Hanlin after the trial said it was the largest heroin trafficking ring in the Ohio Valley area.

“This was an excellent example of the partnering of two states and local and federal authorities. It is an unprecedented level of cooperation. A heroin organization of that size took that kind of resources to bring it down,” Hanlin noted.

She said testimony included representatives of the FBI, Brooke County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson County Drug Task Force, West Virginia State Police, as well as various members of the community.

She added the McShans sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of heroin. Fred McShan had laundered $379,000 through a checking account when he had no legitimate income to support the deposits, she noted. He had to forfeit a home on Braybarton Boulevard, a car and just under $100,000 in cash.

Seven co-defendants in this case have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, including:

– Donae F. Grier, 38, of Irving, Texas, who was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

– Christopher J. Bishop, 32, of Weirton, who was sentenced to 120 months in prison.

– Kerris D. Moncrease, 32, of Weirton, who was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

– Perrier D. Coleman, 21, of Steubenville, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

– Terrence L. Smith, 27, of Steubenville, who was sentenced to 87 months in prison.

– Michael K. Greathouse, 25, of Steubenville, who was sentenced to 100 months in prison.

– Erica L. Jury, 37, of Steubenville, who was sentenced to time served.

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