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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

 

August 7, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Plead Guilty to Crack Dealing

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Five individuals have entered pleas of guilty in the last week in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. for their roles in distributing “crack” cocaine following a five-month investigation conducted by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:

ROBERT MILLER, age 49, of Wheeling, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty on July 27, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on February 11, 2009. MILLER, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of one to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

DESMOND THOMAS, age 19, of Cleveland, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty on July 30, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of “crack” cocaine on April 6, 2009, in Wheeling. THOMAS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. As part of his plea, THOMAS agreed to forfeit $1,966 seized from him when he was arrested on April 16, 2009.

FRANKLIN MILLER, age 43, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty on July 30, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on February 12, 2009. MILLER, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of one to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

DANIEL BRADLEY, age 44, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty on July 30, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on February 11, 2009. BRADLEY, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of one to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

JOHN D. POINTER, also known as “NEPHEW,” age 22, of Cleveland and Martins Ferry, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty on August 5, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on February 28, 2009. POINTER, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of one to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

The investigation began in January of 2009 and involved more than twenty (20) controlled drug purchases and four (4) search warrants, seizing in excess of 1.5 ounces of “crack” cocaine and $5,000 in drug proceeds. The investigation focused on several individuals from the Cleveland and Detroit areas who were frequenting Wheeling to distribute “crack” cocaine, often utilizing locals to sell the crack. The five individuals named herein who entered guilty pleas admitted that they were involved in distributing between 100 and 150 grams of “crack” cocaine. Ten other individuals were indicted as part of this ongoing investigation and are awaiting trial.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

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