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February 8, 2010


Ohio Resident Sentenced for Distribution of
Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Riverview Towers

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 23 year old Cleveland, Ohio, resident was sentenced today (February 8, 2010), in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that ROBERT FLEMING was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. FLEMING entered a plea of guilty on November 10, 2009, to one count of distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on June 12, 2009. As part of his plea, FLEMING admitted his involvement in the distribution of between 100 to 150 grams of “crack” cocaine between late 2008 and the Summer of 2009.

This case was the result of a five-month long investigation into the distribution of “crack” cocaine in North Wheeling and on Wheeling Island by out-of-state groups from the Cleveland and Detroit areas, who used locals to assist in the distributions.

FLEMING, who has been in custody since his arrest in August of 2009, was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

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, and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department.

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