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March 6, 2009

Two Fairmont Residents Named in “Crack” Cocaine Indictment

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two Fairmont, West Virginia, resident was named in an Indictment returned this week by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that ISAIAH NEGUS PRINCE, also known as “Z,”age 26, and VICKI DEARING, age 47, were named in a four-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that PRINCE and DEARING conspired to distribute in excess of five grams of “crack” cocaine from the Fall of 2008 to January 2, 2009, in the Northern District of West Virginia.

Counts Two and Four of the Indictment allege that PRINCE and DEARING distributed “crack” cocaine on December 16, 2008, and on January 2, 2009, in Marion County.

Count Three of the Indictment alleges that PRINCE distributed “crack” cocaine on December 29, 2008, in Marion County.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on Count One of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each of the remaining counts of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case was investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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