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Published: Thursday, 4/24/2003

Detroit man sentenced for 3 drug convictions

A Detroit man arrested when authorities seized cocaine and cash in the raid of a house and car in East Toledo last year was sentenced Tuesday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to 10 years in prison.

Shawn P. McDermott, 33, received the mandatory sentence from Judge Frederick McDonald for three felony drug convictions.

A jury last week convicted McDermott of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, and possession of criminal tools.

McDermott and four others were arrested July 14 after police stopped a car in 500 block of Woodville Road and found about $278,000. The driver, Jesus Padilla Montano, and a passenger, Antonia Hernandez-Cruz, both of Detroit, were arrested.

A subsequent search of a house at 569 Woodville resulted in authorities seizing about $9,500 cash and two one-kilogram bricks of cocaine. A device for processing the drug to increase its volume was found in the basement.

McDermott, Julieta Moreno Rodriguez of Detroit, and Gilberto Moldonado of 569 Woodville, were arrested in the house. Police said the house had been under surveillance for several weeks.

Prosecutors entered into plea agreements with all the defendants except McDermott.

Moldonado pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, and possession of criminal tools. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Montano, who pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs and possession of criminal tools, will be sentenced today by Judge McDonald.

Rodriguez was convicted of possession of drugs and was sentenced to a year in prison. Cruz received eight months for trafficking in drugs.

The jury, which deliberated about seven hours, also determined McDermott was guilty of specifications that allowed for him to receive an additional 10-year sentence on two convictions, but the judge did not sentence McDermott to any additional time for the major drug offender specifications.

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