Jefferson County man indicted on fentanyl charge

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Gary Lee Winston, of Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, was indicted today on a fentanyl charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Winston, also known as “Bud,” 35, was indicted today on one count of “Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl.” Winston is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl in Berkeley County in March 2021.

Winston 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 Eleanor F. Hurney is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

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