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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 8, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Ohio Resident Sentenced to 15+ Years for
Distribution of “Crack” Cocaine
within 1,000 Feet of Riverview Towers

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 32 year old Cleveland, Ohio, resident was sentenced today (March 8, 2010) in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that DARWIN DWAYNE HUTCHINS was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. HUTCHINS entered a plea of guilty on October 28, 2009, to one count of distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on February 25, 2009.

HUTCHINS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.

The five-month 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, began in January of 2009. As part of the investigation, agents made four controlled buys involving HUTCHINS who, as part of his plea, admitted to distributing between 50 and 150 grams of crack cocaine.

HUTCHINS also agreed to forfeit $1,851 which he possessed when he was arrested, admitting it was drug proceeds. HUTCHINS is the 14th individual sentenced as part of the investigation and his sentence was enhanced following the Court finding that HUTCHINS was a career offender, having been convicted on three felonies in the State of Ohio since 2001.

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, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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