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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

May 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

North Carolina Resident Sentenced to 110 Months
Imprisonment for Crack Cocaine Conspiracy Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 40-year old Winston Salem, North Carolina, resident, formerly of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced on May 9, 2012, by Judge Frederick P. Stamp.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: BENJAMIN EDWARDS, was sentenced to 110 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. EDWARDS entered a plea of guilty on February 21, 2012, to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine from March 24, 2011, to April 6, 2011, in Wheeling. As part of his plea, EDWARDS admitted selling between 1 and 3.5 ounces of crack cocaine with a street value of as much as $15,000. EDWARDS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Parr and was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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