Two Fitchburg Gang Members Sentenced in Crack Distribution Conspiracy
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 30, 2013|
BOSTON—Two Fitchburg men were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Worcester for distributing crack cocaine.
Shawn McWhorter, a/k/a Kaeshaun, 40, of Fitchburg, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 220 months in prison, to be followed by 48 months of supervised release. Junior Barclay, a/k/a Mouse, 30, of Fitchburg, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, to be followed by 48 months of supervised release. In March 2013, both men were found guilty after a jury trial in U.S. District Court. McWhorter was convicted of three counts of crack cocaine distribution and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Barclay was convicted of two counts of crack cocaine distribution and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
During the four-day trial, evidence proved that McWhorter distributed crack cocaine on July 26, 2011, and that McWhorter and Barclay together conspired to and did distribute crack cocaine on August 5, 2011 and August 25, 2011. McWhorter and Barclay were arrested in January 2011 as part of Operation Red Wolf, a multi-agency investigation targeting gang members involved in drug dealing and firearms distribution in the Fitchburg area.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Fitchburg Police Chief Robert A. DeMoura; Webster Police Chief Timothy J. Bent; Dan Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cory Flashner and Mark Grady of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office Unit.