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January 30, 2012

Martinsburg Resident Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
to Appear in Federal Court

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - A 23 year old Martinsburg, West Virginia, resident named in a five-count Indictment returned on January 18, 2012, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg appeared before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: SHARNJETT AMAR SINGH is charged in Counts One and Three of the Indictment with the distribution of crack cocaine; Count Two charges SINGH with the distribution of cocaine hydrochloride on; Count Four charges SINGH with knowingly using an individual under the age of 18 to distribute crack cocaine; and, Count Five charges SINGH with the possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, all in Martinsburg. SINGH, who is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel for his initial appearance on January 30, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on Counts One, Two, Three and Five; and, 1 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on Count Four, if convicted.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and was 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.

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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