36-year-old Worcester Man Facing up to 30 Years in Prison on Firearm and Drug Charges

by | Nov 26, 2018 | Crime, Headlines, News

WORCESTER – A 36-year-old Worcester man could be facing up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to firearm and drug charges on Monday in federal court in Worcester.

Cleon Riley pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, one count of distributing cocaine, and one count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2019. Riley has been detained since his arrest in May 2018.

Riley sold cocaine to a confidential source in Worcester on multiple occassions in 2018. In Feb. 2018, Riley sold powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and a .9mm Beretta handgun, which had previously been reported as stolen, to the same source.

Riley was arrested in May 2018 while he was in possession of seven bags of fentanyl and 20 bags of cocaine. Officers also found additional quantities of fentanyl and cocaine in a car used by Riley, as well as a large quantity of fentanyl, digital scales, cutting agents, and packaging materials in an apartment that Riley used.

The drug charges carry sentences of no greater than 30 years in prison, at least six years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $2 million fine. The firearm charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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