Martinsburg residents indicted on cocaine and fentanyl charges

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Martinsburg residents are facing cocaine and fentanyl charges, accused of having enough fentanyl to kill 20,000 people, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Desmond Lamont Davis, 31, and Karmen Grimes, 21, were indicted this week on one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base,” one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 40 Grams or More of Fentanyl,” and one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride.”  Davis and Grimes are accused of working together to sell cocaine and fentanyl in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties from 2019 to 2021.

Davis and Grimes each at least five years and up to 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for each of the first two counts and each face up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the third 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 Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; ATF; and the U.S. Marshals Service investigated.

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