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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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June 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Keyser Resident Sentenced to More than 7 Years
Imprisonment on Drug Charges

Five others appear for Pleas and Sentencings

 

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II
announced that the following individuals recently appeared in Federal Court in Martinsburg.

CHARLES PAGE HAINES, III, age 51, of Keyser, West Virginia, was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. HAINES was convicted on March 13, 2013, after a two-day trial on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base” from June 5 to June 28, 2012; four counts of “Distribution of Cocaine Base” on June 5, June 6 and twice on June 7, 2012; and one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise” from June 5 to June 28, 2012, all in Keyser, Mineral County, West Virginia. Trial evidence indicated that HAINES was involved with co-defendants Loren Constantine Brown and Crystal Starr Metz in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and provided his residence as a place from which the crack was distributed. HAINES 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 Zelda E. Wesley and former Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

BRANDON LEE SPAUR, age 26, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release pursuant to his earlier entered a plea of guilty to “Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.” SPAUR was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and 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.

RICARDO DIAZ, age 40, of Inwood, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Possessing Forged and False Identity Documents” on May 8, 2013, in Inwood. DIAZ, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI).

KEIRA LEE WIDDOWS, age 31, of Hagerstown, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty to “Making a False Statement in the Acquisition of a Firearm.” WIDDOWS, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

These three cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti.

JASON SWISHER, age 30, and JENNIFER N. HILEMAN, age 29, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, entered pleas of guilty to “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.” SWISHER and HILEMAN, who are free on bond pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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