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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

July 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Individuals Enter Pleas in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three individuals entered pleas of guilty on July 27, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.

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

BRANDYN ELSTON, age 22, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Washington Irving Middle School and 1,000 feet of Pierpont Community & Technical College of FSU on August 18, 2009, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. ELSTON, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 1 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Harrison County consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bridgeport Police Department.

GRACE MCLAUGHLIN, age 21, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on July 27, 2010, in Monongalia County, West Virginia. MCLAUGHLIN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

DEBRA LYNN BOLDEN, age 41, of Morgantown, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of heroin on September 16, 2009, in Monongalia County. BOLDEN, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

This 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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