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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Three Individuals Convicted On Drug Charges

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Three individuals entered pleas of guilty before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that

SYLVESTER WALKER, also known as "COOP", age 21, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Luau Manor” and NICOLE MARIE GUST, age 20, of Bellaire, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Crack Cocaine.” WALKER, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison and GUST, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

MICHAEL HURST, age 27, of Moundsville, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of Moundsville Middle School.” HURST, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force includes officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated January 7, 2015