Wetzel County woman indicted on drug charges

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Kerry L. Sands, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, was indicted today on heroin and fentanyl charges, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Sands, 37, was indicted on three counts of “Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl” and one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl.” Sands is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl in March and April 2021 in Wetzel County. 

Sands faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Clayton J. Reid is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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


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