OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
August 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Defendant Convicted on Heroin Charges
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 27 year old defendant was convicted at trial on August 25, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that HERBERT DEVAUGHN, also known as “WOP,” was convicted on 11 counts of an Indictment returned against him in September 2010. DEVAUGHN was convicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin from the Summer of 2007 to August 24, 2010, in the Monongalia County area.
In addition, DEVAUGHN was convicted on eight counts of distribution of heroin on September 28, 2009; on July 15, 2010; on two occasions on August 4, 2010; and on four occasions on August 24, 2010; in Monongalia County; one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on August 8, 2010, in Monongalia County; and one count of using two individuals under the age of 18 years to distribute heroin on August 24, 2010.
DEVAUGHN, who is currently in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on the conspiracy count; a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each of distribution counts and possession count; and a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on the count of using minors to distribute heroin.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Mon Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Morgantown Police Department, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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