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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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February 27, 2014

Wheeling man convicted on
Drug and Gun charges

WHEELING, WV – A Wheeling man who was selling cocaine and heroin from a local hotel has been convicted on drug and gun charges and now faces a minimum of five years in federal prison.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DALE A. DAVIS, also
known as “Big Loc”, age 36, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine” and “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense.” In August of 2013 the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force utilized an informant to make controlled purchases of cocaine and heroin from DAVIS at the Knights Inn (formerly the Wheeling Inn) on Main Street in Wheeling. After the controlled purchases were made the Task Force obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and DAVIS was found to have a 9mm pistol, cocaine, heroin, and approximately $2,400 in cash.

DAVIS is in custody pending sentencing and faces at least 5 years in prison and up to 20 years. The case was prosecuted by Ihlenfeld and was heard by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

In another matter before Judge Stamp, DANIEL BANKS, age 37, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and six years of supervised release for “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location” as well as violations of supervised release. BANKS was also ordered to forfeit $2,565 in U.S. currency which constituted proceeds from the illegal drug activity. BANKS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri and investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force.

REBECCA L. LAMP, age 50, of New Cumberland, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty before Judge Stamp to “Acquiring or Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Fraud, Forgery, Deception or Subterfuge.” LAMP, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 4 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

STEDMUND CREECH, age 23, of Grafton, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” before U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert. CREECH, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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