OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
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
January 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Columbus, Ohio, Resident Sentenced to 9+ Years
on Drug Charge
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 21 year old Columbus, Ohio, resident was sentenced on January 26, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that TONY KENDRICK was sentenced to 110 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. KENDRICK entered a plea of guilty on June 16, 2008, to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine on February 22, 2008, during the search of a vehicle. KENDRICK is the fifth defendant sentenced as a result of the investigation by the Ohio Valley Drug Task force of a group of individuals who were dealing heroin and crack cocaine from two residences on Wheeling Island from October of 2007 to January of 2008. Members of the group periodically would travel back and forth to Columbus, Ohio, from Wheeling to resupply the houses with heroin and crack cocaine. KENDRICK admitted, as part of his role in the group, to distributing between 20 and 35 grams of crack cocaine. KENDRICK was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.
KENDRICK, who was originally scheduled to be sentenced in September of 2008, failed to appear on that date. Shortly before the scheduled hearing, KENRICK cut off his electronic ankle m monitor and absconded. He was arrested in December and has been in custody since that time, pending his sentencing hearing. The Court increased his sentence by 18 months, because of his failure to appear and fleeing.
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, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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