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
January 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maryland Resident Convicted on Drug Charges
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 25 year old Maryland resident was convicted by a Federal Trial Jury today (January 14, 2010) in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that ERWIN BERNARD REDDING, also known as “EASY,” was convicted on two counts of an Indictment today after a two-day trial. Specifically, REDDING was convicted of distribution of “crack” cocaine on October 4, 2007, and October 18, 2007, in Martinsburg.
REDDING, who was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each count.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas O. Mucklow and Erin K. Reisenweber. 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.
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