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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
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September 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Greater Harrison Drug Task Force investigations lead to Federal Indictments

 

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that investigations by the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force have led to federal indictments being returned this week in Clarksburg.

LEROY ROUSSEAU a/k/a “BLACK,” of Clarksburg and formerly of Washington, D.C. was charged with four counts of “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of the Clarksburg City Park Playground,” one count of “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000
Feet of Pierpont Community and Technical College,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin within 1,000 Feet of the Clarksburg City Park Playground,” one count of “Employment and Use of a Person Under 18 Years of Age in Drug Operations,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine,” and, one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking to forfeit a Haskell .45 caliber pistol as property used or intended to be used to commit the charged offenses.

ROUSSEAU faces up to forty years in prison on the sales and possession with intent to distribute charges that occurred near a protected location; twenty years imprisonment on the possession with intent to distribute charge; and, 10 years imprisonment on the felon in possession charge.

In a separate case, JUSTIN ZACHARY ROSA a/k/a “PEE WEE,” age 19 and NICHOLE NIKKI PIERCE, age 21, of Clarksburg were named in a nine-count Indictment charging them with“Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin.”

ROSA faces a total of nine counts and PIERCE faces a total of four counts.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, other charges include “Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin”, “Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin within 1,000 Feet of Nutter Fort Elementary School,” “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Offenses,” “Felon in Possession of a Firearm;” and “Uttering Counterfeit Obligations.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking to forfeit $4,822.46 in United States currency which constitutes proceeds obtained from the illegal activity as well as a cellular phone and a Smith and Wesson revolver.

ROSA and PIERCE each face up to twenty years on the conspiracy, distribution and possession with intent to distribute charges; up to forty years in prison on the sales and possession that occurred near a protected location; five years to life on the possession of a firearm to further the drug activity; and, ten years on the felon in possession charge.

The ROUSSEAU, ROSA, and PIERCE cases were investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force consists of officers from the Bridgeport Police Department; Clarksburg Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Postal Inspection Service; and, the United States Marshals Service. The cases will be prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan, and the United States Secret Service also assisted with the ROSA and PIERCE investigations.

A California man was also indicted by the grand jury this week. CHARLES EVERETTE LEVINE, age 36, of Oakland, California, was named in a three-count Indictment charging him with two counts of “Bank Fraud” and one count of “Access Device Fraud.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking to forfeit a $25,000 money judgment which constitutes proceeds obtained from the illegal activity.

LEVINE faces up to thirty years on the bank fraud charges and up to ten years on the access device fraud charge. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the United States Secret Service.

The charges contained in the indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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