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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

 

August 5, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Entered Guilty Pleas in Federal Court

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three defendants entered guilty pleas on August 3 and 4, 2010, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

ELAN BELL-VENEY, age 24, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with being a drug user in possession of a firearm on May 10, 2009, in Martinsburg. BELL-VENEY, who is currently in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Charles Town Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

JESSICA MARIE CURTIS, age 25, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging her with accepting SSI monies on behalf of her son and instead of spending it on her son’s needs, she spent it on herself. The SSI monies amounted to approximately $30,000. CURTIS, who is currently in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

CRAIG M. JOHNSON, age 22, of Brooklyn, New York, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, also known as “crack,” on June 5, 2008, in Martinsburg. JOHNSON, who is currently in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber. The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes 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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