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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

January 31, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wheeling Resident Sentenced to 15+ Years
on “Crack” Cocaine Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 32 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on January 28, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DAMIAN E. BROOKINS was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. BROOKINS entered a plea of guilty on December 6, 2010, to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Riverview Towers on June 16, 2010 in Wheeling. After having made four controlled buys from the residence of co-defendant Ronald Scott, a search warrant was obtained and agents seized $800 of drug proceeds from BROOKINS’ pocket, 2.7 grams of “crack” cocaine, a 12-gauge shotgun, an Omega 38 revolver, two digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. As part of his plea, BROOKINS admitted to the distribution of between 50 and 100 grams of “crack” cocaine and approximately 50 grams of heroin. BROOKINS also agreed to the forfeiture of the firearms and $1,571 as drug proceeds.

BROOKINS’ sentence was enhanced because the District Court determined he was a career offender based upon two prior felony convictions, a 1996 burglary conviction in Indiana and a 2005 drug conspiracy in Ohio County. As a result, his sentence was increased by nearly five years. BROOKINS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

Ronald Scott, his co-defendant mentioned above, entered a plea of guilty on October 4, 2010, to maintaining a drug-involved premise from May 21, 2010, to June 16, 2010, for the distribution of “crack” cocaine and heroin.

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 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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