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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

November 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Wheeling Resident Enters Plea of Guilty
to “Crack” Cocaine Conspiracy Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 27 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty on November 2, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that AUDRA SPARKS entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute “crack” cocaine from February 11, 2009, to March 19, 2009, in Wheeling.

As part of an investigation by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration focused on the distribution of “crack” cocaine in the Wheeling area, AUDRA SPARKS, Harold “Gene” Boggs, and Harold “Taco” Boggs, III were identified as individuals residing together at a Wheeling residence and dealing “crack” cocaine. Three controlled purchases of crack cocaine were made from this residence and a search warrant was executed at the location. Law enforcement officers seized 4.12 grams of “crack” cocaine.

SPARKS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

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, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

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