Jefferson County residents indicted on drug trafficking charges

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Eight people are facing multiple drug charges after a federal Grand Jury handed down a drug trafficking indictment on July 21, 2021, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

The eight Jefferson County residents are facing charges involving a drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride in Jefferson County and elsewhere from July 2018 to June 2021. During the investigation, investigators seized over sixty grams of cocaine base.  Those charged are:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Homeland Security Investigations; the West Virginia Air National Guard; the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police, the DEA Task Force Montgomery County, Maryland; and the Frederick, Maryland, HIDTA group investigated. The EPDTF consists of the West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Ranson Police Department, the Charles Town Police Department, and the Martinsburg Police Department.

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An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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