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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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March 23, 2012


Two Individuals Enters Pleas in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals entered pleas of guilty on March 20, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

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

WILLIAM ZIPF, age 58, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempt to Possess with Intent to Distribute More than 500 grams of Cocaine on March 10, 2010, in Wheeling, West Virginia. ZIPF, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces maximum exposure of 5 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $5,000,000. As part of his plea, ZIPF forfeited $124,600 and a pair of diamond earrings. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Hancock-Weirton Drug Task Force, and the Findley, Pennsylvania, Township Police Department, with the cooperation of the Wheeling Island Casino Security.

JACK ADKINS, age 42, of Moundsville, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone from February of 2010 to March 26, 2011. ADKINS, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. The case was prosecuted by USA Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Martins Ferry Police Department, the Volusia Bureau of Investigations - Central Florida HIDTA, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Orlando, Florida. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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