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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

 


 

June 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas to Cocaine Charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three defendants entered guilty pleas on June 12, 2009, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:

PHILIP ANTHONY DIXON, age 24, of Queens, New York, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride on July 28, 2007, in Martinsburg. DIXON, who is in federal custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. The case was investigated by the Martinsburg Police Department.

PAUL LAUGHTON, age 34, of New York, New York, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of cocaine base on September 19, 2007. LAUGHTON, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. The case was 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, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

YARLETTA SANTIAGO, age 38, of Keyser, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging her with the distribution of cocaine. SANTIAGO, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. The case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and Mineral County Sheriff’s Department.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow.

 

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