For Immediate Release
Cleveland Man Previously Sentenced to Life Convicted of Drug Trafficking and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon
Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that a federal jury returned guilty verdicts on Thursday, April 14, 2022, against Defendant Andre Badley, 49, of Cleveland, Ohio, following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge John R. Adams in Akron. Badley was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine, fentanyl and heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Badley was previously convicted in 1997 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and sentenced to life in prison for distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine. Badley served more than 23 years of that sentence and was released in 2019 under the First Step Act.
According to court documents, on March 5, 2021, law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at a residence known to be occupied by Badley after receiving information regarding suspected drug trafficking activity. During the search, a K-9 unit alerted authorities to the presence of controlled substances, and investigators found large quantities of crack cocaine, cocaine, fentanyl and two firearms in the residence. Then, on March 25, 2021, Badley was found to be in possession of another large quantity of crack cocaine in his vehicle.
Badley is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous conviction of drug trafficking in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled. Badley faces a statutory maximum penalty of life in prison.
This case was investigated by the Shaker Heights Police Department, with assistance from the DEA and ATF. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Kolansky and Vanessa V. Healy.