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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
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April 9, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Wheeling Resident Arrested on Cocaine Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 38 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was arrested on April 8, 2010, on a federal arrest warrant stemming from charges contained in a sealed Indictment returned by the Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that ROBERT LEE SAUNDERS a/k/a “R.J.” was arrested on charges contained in a thirteen-count Indictment. In addition to SAUNDERS, law enforcement officers are seeking to arrest KIMBERLY ANN MARSHALL a/k/a KIM, age 37 of Wheeling; and STACEY DAWN MINTER, age 38; and, JENNIFER SORG, age 39, formerly of Wheeling but now residing in Morgantown, West Virginia.

SAUNDERS, MARSHALL, MINTER and SORG are named in Count One alleging that they conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine from at least January of 2005 to August 28, 2009, in the Northern District of West Virginia and elsewhere.

Count Two alleges that SAUNDERS, MINTER and SORG conspired to launder money from at least June of 2005 to December of 2006, in the Northern District of Weset Virginia, and elsewhere, by conducting financial transactions with the proceeds of their unlawful activity, that is the distribution of cocaine and marijuana, knowing the property involved in the financial transaction represented the proceeds of the unlawful activity.

Counts Three, Four, Six, Seven and Eight allege that SAUNDERS distributed cocaine on June 21, 2008; July 2, 2008; March 13, 2009; April 10, 2009; and June 13, 2009, in Wheeling, Count Five alleges that SAUNDERS unlawfully used a public telephone system on March 13, 2009, in Wheeling, to distribute cocaine. Count Nine alleges that SAUNDERS and MARSHALL unlawfully used a public telephone system on July 24, 2009, in Wheeling, to distribute cocaine. Count Ten alleges that SAUNDERS and MARSHALL possessed with Page 2

intent to distribute cocaine on July 24, 2009, in Wheeling. Count Eleven alleges that MARSHALL maintained a drug-involved residence from at least the Spring of 2005 to August 28, 2009, in Wheeling. Count Twelve alleges that MINTER maintained a drug-involved residence from at least the Winter of 2008 to August 28, 2009, in Wheeling. Count Thirteen alleges that SORG maintained a drug-involved premise from at least the Fall of 2005, to August 28, 2009, in Wheeling. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit of a money judgment of at least $500,000.

SAUNDERS appeared before Magistrate Kaull and was released on bond pending trial.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum exposure of 5 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $200,000 as to Count One; 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000 as to Counts Two, Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen; 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 as to Counts Three, Four, Six, Seven, Eight and Ten; and, 4 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 as to Counts Five and Nine.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force. The Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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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