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January 10, 2012


Grand Jury Indicts Two Individuals
on Heroin Charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals were named in an Indictment returned on November 15, 2011, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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

SHANNON JAMES BARNEY, age 38, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and JAMIE RENEE KOONTZ, age 25, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, were named in a three-count Indictment. Count One charges KOONTZ with the distribution of heroin on March 12, 2009, in Martinsburg. Count Two charges BARNEY and KOONTZ with the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of the Adams Stephens Homes on April 22, 2009, in Martinsburg. Count Three charges BARNEY with the possession with intent to distribute heroin on May 30, 2009, in Martinsburg. If convicted, BARNEY and KOONTZ face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on Counts One and Three and 1 to 40 years and a fine of $2,000,000 on Count Two. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force. The Task Force consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

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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