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Friday, September 20, 2019

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF WEST VIRGINIA: Virginia man admits to role in a drug distribution operation MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA

By Press release submission | Sep 9, 2019


U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Northern West Virginia issued the following announcement on Sept. 3.

Todd Jason Erwin, of White Post, Virginia, has admitted to his involvement in a drug distribution conspiracy, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Erwin, age 42, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base and Heroin.” Erwin admitted to working with others to distribute cocaine base and heroin in October and November 2018 in Berkeley County.

Erwin faces up to 20 years 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 K. Omps-Botteicher, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Lydia Lehman, also with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Assistant U.S Attorney Timothy D. Helman, are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

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

Original source can be found here.

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