Martinsburg residents admit to drug and firearms charges

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Quasym Divad John Finch and Brittany Marie Breeden, both of Martinsburg, West Virginia, have admitted to drug and firearms charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Finch, 30, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Cocaine Base, Fentanyl, and Methamphetamine Hydrochloride” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Finch admitted to working with Breeden to distribute cocaine base, fentanyl, and methamphetamine hydrochloride from January 2020 to February 2021 in Berkeley County. Finch, a person prohibited from having firearms because of a prior conviction, admitted to having a .410 revolver, a .380 pistol, and a semi-automatic rifle in February 2021 in Berkeley County.

Breeden, also known as “Brittany Marie Finch,” 28, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl.” Breeden admitted to selling fentanyl in February 2021 in Berkeley County.

Finch faces up to 20 years of incarceration and fine of up to $1,000,000 for the conspiracy charge and faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms charge. Breeden faces up to 20 years of incarceration and 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. ATF and the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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