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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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

June 20, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Individuals Enter Pleas in Federal Court to
Drug Distribution Charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals entered pleas of guilty on June 19, 2012, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

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

ANDRE TURNER PRIMUS, age 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on September 1, 2011, in Martinsburg. PRIMUS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 due to his extensive criminal history.

RODNEY BERNARD CURRENCE, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of heroin on February 2, 2010, within 1,000 feet of the Martinsburg North Middle School. CURRENCE, who is custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 1 to 60 years imprisonment and a fine of $4,000,000 due to a prior felony conviction and the enhancement for the school count.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and were 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.

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