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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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November 18, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Detroit Residents Indicted on Drug Charges
Occurring in Monongalia County

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia, returned an Indictment this week charging five Detroit, Michigan, residents with drug violations occurring in the Monongalia County area of West Virginia.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DUJUAN VINCENT THOMAS, also known as “TONE,” age 26; VINCENT SAMUEL HILL, JR., also known as “BREAD,” age 24; FALANDEZ MARQUIS THOMAS, also known as “FLY;” MARTEZ LAMONT DICKERSON, age 21; and ALANTE MARTEL NELSON, also known as “SERIOUS,” age 19, were each named in a 19-count Indictment charging a cocaine conspiracy and related drug charges.

DUJUAN VINCENT THOMAS, HILL, FALANDEZ MARQUIS THOMAS, DICKERSON, and NELSON were all named in Count One of the Indictment alleging that they conspired with each other from the Summer of 2011 to October 25, 2011, to possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of cocaine base, also known as “crack,” within the Northern District of West Virginia.

DUJUAN VINCENT THOMAS, HILL, FALANDEZ MARQUIS THOMAS, DICKERSON, and NELSON were all named in Counts Two and Three of the Indictment alleging that they maintained drug-involved premises in Morgantown, West Virginia.

DUJUAN VINCENT THOMAS was named in four additional counts of the Indictment. Counts Five and Seven of the Indictment allege that THOMAS distributed cocaine base, also known as “crack,” on September 16, 2011, in Morgantown; and on September 28, 2011, in Monongalia County. Count Six of the Indictment alleges that THOMAS used a minor to distribute “crack” cocaine on September 16, 2011. Count Eight of the Indictment alleges that THOMAS distributed heroin on September 29, 2011, in Monongalia County.

HILL was named in three additional counts of the Indictment. Count Sixteen of the Indictment alleges that HILL distributed “crack” cocaine on October 20, 2011, in Monongalia County. Counts Seventeen and Eighteen of the Indictment allege that HILL possessed with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of “crack” cocaine on October 20 and 21, 2011, in Monongalia County.

FALANDEZ MARQUIS THOMAS was named in four additional counts of the Indictment. Counts Nine, Ten, and Twelve of the Indictment allege that THOMAS distributed “crack” cocaine on two occasions on October 6, 2011, and on October 10, 2011, in Monongalia County. Count Eleven of the Indictment alleges that THOMAS possessed with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of “crack” cocaine on October 6, 2011, in Monongalia County.

DICKERSON was named in two additional counts of the Indictment. Counts Seven and Fifteen of the Indictment allege that DICKERSON distributed “crack” cocaine on September 28, 2011, and on October 19, 2011, in Monongalia County.

NELSON was named in four additional counts of the Indictment. Counts Four, Thirteen, and Fourteen of the Indictment allege that NELSON distributed “crack” cocaine on July 18, 2011; on October 10, 2011; and on October 11, 2011, in Monongalia County. Count Nineteen of the Indictment alleges that NELSON possessed with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of “crack” cocaine.

The Indictment also includes a forfeiture count wherein the United States seeks to forfeit from the defendants any property that was used or derived from the unlawful activity alleged in the Indictment. This includes, but it not limited to, a money judgment in the amount of at least $7,803.00.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $4,000,000 on Count One of the Indictment; a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000 on each of Counts Two and Three of the Indictment; a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 each on Counts Four, Five, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen of the Indictment; a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on Count Six of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment each on Counts Eleven, Seventeen, Eighteen, and Nineteen of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case 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.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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