Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced today that a federal grand jury returned a 16-count indictment charging six individuals in the Youngstown-Warren area for their roles in a methamphetamine drug trafficking conspiracy.
Named in the indictment are Neil R. DYE, 36, currently incarcerated at Trumbull Correctional Institution; Jaclyn L. SZACHURY, 35, currently incarcerated at Ohio Reformatory for Women; Mary E. CLEARWATER, 39, of Warren, Ohio; Michael A. LEE, 29, currently incarcerated at Grafton Correctional Institute; Courtney P. WILSON, 30, of Youngstown, Ohio and Timothy M. LOWERY, 33 of Warren, Ohio.
According to the indictment, on or about July 8, 2019, and continuing to on or about December 3, 2020, the Defendants are accused of working together to distribute quantities of methamphetamine in communities throughout the Northern District of Ohio. As part of the conspiracy, it is alleged that defendants DYE and SZACHURY provided methamphetamine to CLEAWATWER for distribution. In turn, CLEAWATWER provided methamphetamine to LEE, WILSON and LOWERY, who then allegedly distributed the drugs to other buyers throughout the district.
On several occasions, the group is accused of selling methamphetamine to confidential FBI sources. In total, the group is accused of distributing at least 500 grams of methamphetamine.
In addition to the drug trafficking charges, Defendant LOWERY is also charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, the Defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the Defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the Defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.
In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, Trumbull Action Group Drug Task Force, Warren PD Street Crimes Unit, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Summit County Drug Unit. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Yasmine Makridis.