Partnership sends heroin trafficker to prison

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 10, 2017

MARTINSBURG — A federal judge has sentenced a West Virginia man to prison for trafficking heroin in the state’s Eastern Panhandle, the product of a partnership between state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen.

Clark Corbin, 41, of Ranson, received a 1-year, 6-month prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute heroin in December 2016. He admitted to possessing the drug Feb. 14, 2016, in Jefferson County.

“In order to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic, we have to address the issue at its source,” Morrisey said in a statement. “Those trafficking drugs in our state deserve strong punishment and this partnership helps us make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

The partnership, announced in December 2015, involves two lawyers from the Attorney General’s Office serving as special assistant U.S. attorneys. To date, it has yielded eight convictions.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher secured the indictment in September 2016 as part of her dual role as a special assistant U.S. attorney and assistant state attorney general.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

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