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 8, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Jury Indicts Two Individuals
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals were named in two separate Indictments returned on August 7, 2012, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:
CORDALE A. WILLIAMS, age 32, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” for an incident that occurred in Wheeling. The indictment alleges that WILLIAMS possessed a firearm on June 22, 2012, despite having a prior felony conviction from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a School.” In addition to pursuing a felony charge the United States is also seeking to forfeit the Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter pistol that WILLIAMS allegedly possessed. If convicted, WILLIAMS faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case will be prosecuted by Ihlenfeld and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms.
CHAZ WILLIAM ERAZMUS, age 24, of Bellaire, Ohio, was named in a five-count Indictment. Count One charges ERAZMUS with “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin” from April to June of 2012 in Wheeling. Counts Two and Four charge ERAZMUS with the “Distribution of Heroin” on May 8 and May 30, 2012. Counts Three and Five charge ERAZMUS with the “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location” on May 21 and June 21, 2012. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit a 2005 White GMC Envoy which constitutes proceeds from drug activities. If convicted, ERAZMUS faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on Counts One, Two and Four; and, up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on Counts Three and Five. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.PRESS RELEASE
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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