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April 15, 2010

Arizona Resident Enters Guilty Plea
To Interstate Travel Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 50 year old Phoenix, Arizona, resident entered a plea of guilty on April 14, 2010, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that CARLOS BERNAL entered a plea of guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Travel in Aid of a Racketeering Enterprise from the Fall of 2003 to July of 2006, from the Phoenix area to the Northern District of West Virginia. The enterprise was an interstate methamphetamine organization run by James “Jimmy” Snyder from his Sistersville, Tyler County, West Virginia, residence and was responsible for the distribution of more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was obtained in Phoenix and then transported by vehicle to Tyler County and then distributed in the Northern District of West Virginia, northeast Ohio, and Florida.

BERNAL is the eighth individual convicted as part of the investigation. During the investigation, more than 12 pounds of methamphetamine was seized with a street value of more than $500,000, as well as drug proceeds of approximately $300,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force (which consists of officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wheeling Police Department and the Ohio County Sheriff's Department) with assistance from the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department; the West Virginia State Police; the Ohio Highway Patrol; the Phelps County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department; the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department; the Canadian County, Oklahoma, Police Department; the Ashtabula, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department and various Drug Enforcement Administration offices throughout the country.

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