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Sharon L. Potter

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(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist


March 26, 2009

Two Individuals Arrested on Drug Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals were arrested on March 25, 2009, on drug-related charges.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that: RAYMOND L. PRAYEAR, SR., age 57, of Wheeling, West Virginia, and MARIANNE HEPE, age 48, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, were arrested by members of the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, for aiding and abetting the distribution of $225.00 worth of cocaine on March 4, 2009, in Wheeling. As a result of the charge, both PRAYEAR and HEPE are facing a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. PRAYEAR and HEPE appeared before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert where HEPE was release on bond and PRAYAER was detained pending a preliminary hearing and detention hearing scheduled for March 31, 2009.

PRAYEAR was stopped by the police in the Fulton area of Wheeling and when arrested he was found to be in possession of more than $3,500.00 and 1 1/2 ounces of cocaine. PRAYEAR has two prior Federal felony drug convictions, the first in 1995 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and a second in 2006 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.



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