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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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(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

January 18, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Fairmont Residents Enter Pleas of Guilty

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two Fairmont, West Virginia, residents entered pleas of guilty on January 14, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

VANESSA SUMLIN, age 22, entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of the Fairmont Housing Authority in Fairmont on June 10, 2010. As part of a short-term investigation conducted by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, SUMLIN was identified as a source of marijuana in the Fairmont area and upon execution of a search warrant, more than 26 pounds of marijuana, with a street value in excess of $30,000, was recovered from SUMLIN’s residence. SUMLIN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000.

MEGAN DUNIGAN, age 23, entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of LSD within 1,000 feet of Fairmont State University on July 17, 2008. The investigation was conducted by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, and four controlled buys of LSD were made from DUNIGAN. As part of her plea, DUNIGAN admitted her involvement of between 200 and 300 milligrams of LSD. DUNIGAN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

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