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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Martinsburg Man Receives 87 Month Sentence For Cocaine Trafficking

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Martinsburg man has been sentenced to federal prison for cocaine distribution.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that DERRICK WAYNE WELLS, JR., a/k/a “JO JO,” age 24, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine.” WELLS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Ihlenfeld also announced that SANDRA KUHNS, age 60, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to “False Bankruptcy Declaration.” Between December of 2009 and June of 2012, KUHNS intentionally under-reported the fees she charged and received as a bankruptcy petition preparer on more than 40 bankruptcy petitions. KUHNS, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 5 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 7, 2015