Worcester Man Gets 15 Years in Prison on Gun & Drug Charges

by | Feb 27, 2019 | Headlines, Crime, News

Worcester Man Gets 15 Years in Prison on Gun & Drug Charges 1

WORCESTER – 36-year-old Cleon Riley, of Worcester, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release in federal court on Tuesday for drug and firearm charges.

According to the Dept. of Justice, in Nov. 2018, 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.

Riley has been detained since his arrest in May 2018.

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

Riley was arrested by the Worcester Police Vice Squad in May 2018. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of seven bags of fentanyl and 20 bags of cocaine. Law enforcement also located 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.

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