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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

 

June 2, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Two Individuals Sentenced for Distribution of
“Crack” Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Riverview Towers

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals were sentenced on June 1, 2010, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

JAMES BROOMES, age 29, of Bellaire, Ohio, was sentenced to 47 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. BROOMES entered a plea of guilty on March 19, 2010, to one count of distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers in Wheeling on March 11, 2009. As part of his plea, BROOMES admitted he had been involved in the distribution of up to 20 grams of “crack” cocaine. BROOMES was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

WILLIAM MILLER, age 48, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. MILLER entered a plea of guilty on March 19, 2010, to one count of distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers in Wheeling on January 11, 2010. MILLER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

As part of an on-going investigation into cocaine and “crack” cocaine distributions in the Wheeling area, BROOMES and his brother Michael were identified as sources of supply, and undercover buys were made from them and their associates, one of whom was MILLER.

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, the West Virginia State Police, and the Moundsville Police Department. The Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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