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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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January 12, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fourth Defendant Enters Plea as to Fairmont Drug House

CLARKSBURG WEST VIRGINIA - A 23 year old Hagerstown, Maryland, resident, entered a plea of guilty on January 4, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that THOMAS SNEAD, formerly of Fairmont, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 28 grams of cocaine base from September of 2009, to February 3, 2010, in Fairmont.

SNEAD was identified as one of the sources of supply distributing cocaine and cocaine base from a Fairmont residence where Willie Jeron Robinson resided. The home was owned by Robinson’s father, Willie E. Robinson, Jr. Both of the Robinsons have previously pled guilty to federal charges. Following a controlled buy from one of the occupants in the house on February 3, 2010, agents from the Three Rivers Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the residence. Upon execution of the search warrant, the officers discovered seven individuals in the house, including SNEAD. Agents seized both cocaine and cocaine base, as well as more than $3,400 in drug proceeds. Agents discovered 20.5 grams of cocaine hidden beneath the mattress SNEAD was sitting on in a northwest bedroom.

SNEAD, who is free on bond pending his sentencing, faces possible imprisonment of between five and 40 years and a $2,000,000.00 fine.

Snead is the fourth person to enter a federal felony plea as part of the investigation conducted by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

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