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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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

August 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Martinsburg Residents Enter Pleas
to Crack Cocaine Distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents entered pleas of guilty on August 1, 2012, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

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

MICHAEL PIERRE CHRISTIAN, age 35, entered a plea of guilty to Distribution of Crack Cocaine in Martinsburg. CHRISTIAN, who is on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

MARK LEWIS KING, age 34, entered a plea of guilty to Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a School in Martinsburg. KING, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

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