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 21, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wheeling Resident Sentenced on Marijuana Charge
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 47 year old, Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced today (January 21, 2009) in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that JOSEPH M. KING was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release. KING was convicted on October 15, 2008, after a three-day jury trial, on one count of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute marijuana on March 28, 2008, in Wheeling. Testimony at trial revealed that a package containing 9.65 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of between $15,000 and $25,000, was mailed from Glendale, Arizona, to a Wheeling residence, addressed to a fictitious person. When the package was delivered, KING and co-defendant Shawndale Saunders were at the residence. KING signed for the package, using the fictitious name. Shortly after receiving the package, it was opened by the defendants, triggering a silent beeper alarm to law enforcement, who then executed a search warrant for the residence. Agents recovered the marijuana in the basement of the residence, where they also found KING attempting to hide in a crawl space.
KING’s sentenced was enhanced by the Court for obstruction of justice because of his false testimony of material facts at trial. KING was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force (which consists of officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wheeling Police Department and the Ohio County Sheriff's Department) and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
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