Maryland man admits to drug charge


MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Antonio Cortez Darden, of Maugansville, Maryland, has admitted to a drug charge, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Darden, 44, pleaded guilty this week to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride.” Darden admitted to having cocaine hydrochloride in September 2019 in Berkeley County.

Darden faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

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