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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

February 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Five Individuals Sentenced in Federal Court
on Drug Charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Five individuals were sentenced in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

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

FRANK COOPER, age 19, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on February 2, 2012, to 87 months imprisonment to be followed by eight years of supervised release. COOPER entered a plea of guilty on November 17, 2011, to one count of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Monticello Avenue playground and the Harrison Street playground in Clarksburg on July 6, 2011. COOPER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

HENRY PAUL, age 21, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced on February 2, 2012, to 78 months imprisonment to be followed by eight years of supervised release. PAUL entered a plea of guilty on November 2, 2011, to one count of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Monticello Avenue playground and the Harrison Street playground on July 6, 2011. PAUL was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

TASHA VANSCOY, age 38, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced on February 2, 2012, to 46 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. VANSCOY entered a plea of guilty on November 29, 2011, to one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Monticello Avenue playground and the Harrison Street playground on May 27, 2011. VANSCOY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

LITA SMALLWOOD, age 26, of Clarksburg, was sentenced on February 6, 2012, to 15 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. SMALLWOOD entered a plea of guilty on October 25, 2011, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Monticello Avenue playground and the Harrison Street playground on May 5, 2011. SMALLWOOD was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Harrison County Task Force consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bridgeport Police Department.

ELISHA SADLER, age 49, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced on February 2, 2012, to 46 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. SADLER entered a plea of guilty on October 26, 2011, to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack, cocaine and heroin on December 17, 2010. SADLER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Mon Valley Drug 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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