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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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November 21, 2012

Huge Crack Cocaine Seizure results in
Twenty-Year Jail Sentence

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 36-year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced to twenty years in federal prison after being found guilty of the possession of an enormous amount of crack cocaine.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DAWANTAYE BOSWELL was sentenced to 241 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release for his convictions after a two-day trial held in August. BOSWELL was convicted on one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine within 1,000
Feet of Riverview Towers” and one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise for
Manufacturing Crack Cocaine” in Wheeling.

BOSWELL had a prior conviction for being a “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” and thus an additional six months of imprisonment was added to his sentence for violating his supervised release. Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided over the trial and imposed the prison sentence.

In July of 2011 the Wheeling Police Department had identified BOSWELL as a suspect in an assault and robbery investigation. The investigation led to a search warrant being executed on BOSWELL’s residence in Wheeling and the seizure of a large “cookie” of crack cocaine, which appeared to have been recently cooked, drying on a corner of the bathroom sink. Cookware evidencing the recent cook was found in the kitchen, along with a small amount of crack. The crack cocaine seized in the residence weighed 402.1 grams and was the most ever seized in the Wheeling area.

BOSWELL has been remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and investigated by the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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