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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

 

March 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Ohio Resident Enters Plea to Distribution of
“Crack” Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Jensen Playground

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 30 year old Bellaire, Ohio, resident entered a plea of guilty today (March 16, 2010), in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that MICHAEL BROOMES entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Jensen Playground in Wheeling on May 30, 2009.

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

As part of his plea, BROOMES admitted he had been involved in the distribution of up to 20 grams of “crack” cocaine.

BROOMES, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of one to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

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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