New Woodstock Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Drug Conspiracy

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Ernest Shaw, Sr. of New Woodstock, New York, was sentenced yesterday to serve 15 years in federal prison in connection with his trial conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), announced United States Attorney Carla Freedman and Timothy Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

During the September 2021 jury trial, evidence was presented that proved Ernest Shaw, Sr. conspired with others from September 2017 to September 25, 2019, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base in the Syracuse area. As part of the verdict, jurors unanimously found that the defendant’s part in the conspiracy involved more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine base (crack). The trial evidence included the seizure of over 171 grams of powder cocaine and over 80 grams of crack cocaine from a stash house in Nedrow, New York used by Shaw to store drugs prior to distributing them to drug dealers and drug users in the Syracuse area.  

Ernest Shaw was also sentenced yesterday to a 10-year term of supervised release following his release from federal prison and ordered to forfeit $36,335.00 in cash seized as drug proceeds by DEA during the execution of a search warrant at his home in New Woodstock, New York on September 25, 2019. Shaw also was ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $105,000.00 for unrecovered proceeds he acquired during the conspiracy through the sale of cocaine and cocaine base (crack). 

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Ernest Shaw, Sr. was previously convicted in federal court in Syracuse in March 2007 of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He pled guilty and was sentenced to serve 41 months in federal prison in that previous case.  

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-Syracuse Resident Office, which includes Task Force Officers from the City of Auburn Police Department, the City of Syracuse Police Department, the New York State Police, and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Other Agencies that assisted in this investigation included the New York State Police, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators from the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick.