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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

January 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Five Detroit, Michigan, Residents Enter Pleas of Guilty
in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Five Detroit, Michigan, residents entered pleas of guilty on January 13, 2012, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley stemming from an Indictment returned against them in November of 2011, for drug violations occurring in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

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

DUJUAN VINCENT THOMAS, a/k/a “TONE,” age 26, entered a plea of guilty to one count charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine on September 28, 2011.

VINCENT SAMUEL HILL, JR. a/k/a “BREAD,” age 24, entered a plea of guilty to one count charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine on October 20, 2011.

FALANDZ MARQUIS THOMAS, a/k/a “FLY,” age 20, entered a plea of guilty to one count charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine on October 6, 2011.

MARTEZ LAMONT DICKERSON, age 21, entered a plea of guilty to one count charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine on October 19, 2011.

ALANTE MARTELLO NELSON, a/k/a “SERIOUS,” age 19, entered a plea of guilty one count charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine on October 11, 2011.

"It's important that we continue to be aggressive with the prosecution of out-of-town drug traffickers who attempt to set up shop in Morgantown and other parts of North Central West Virginia. The good work of the Mon Valley Drug Task Force sends a strong message that crack dealers from Detroit are not welcome here,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld.

All five defendants are in custody pending sentencing and face a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Mon Valley Drug & Violent Crime 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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