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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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January 12, 2011

South Charleston Resident Sentenced for Cocaine Conspiracy in Morgantown

CLARKSBURG WEST VIRGINIA - A 27 year old South Charleston, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on January 7, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that JAMON WOODSON was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release. WOODSON entered a plea of guilty on September 28, 2010, to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, as a result of a Mon Valley Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation conducted from August to December, 2008, with assistance from the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) of Charleston.

In late August of 2008, Morgantown Police Officers conducted a traffic stop of an individual at which time officers found 1¼ ounce of cocaine and some ecstasy pills. Officers learned the identity of the dealer who had sold the cocaine, and subsequently, conducted three controlled buys of cocaine from this street dealer. As a result of those buys, investigators were able to identify the ultimate source of the cocaine, when they surveilled one of the controlled buys, which occurred in the parking lot in front of WOODSON’s apartment. The investigation revealed WOODSON had been dealing multi-ounce quantities of cocaine since April, 2008 , typically storing the cocaine at a Morgantown residence prior to distributing to various street dealers. The investigation also revealed that WOODSON was continuing his drug activity in the Charleston area of West Virginia, and the Mon Valley Drug Task Force and DEA coordinated their investigation along with that of the Drug Task Force in Charleston. From the entire investigation, agents seized nearly 6 pounds of cocaine with a street value in excess of a quarter million dollars, 17 pounds of marijuana, four firearms, and $24,261 of drug proceeds. As part of his plea, WOODSON admitted his involvement in the distribution of more than 9 pounds of cocaine and agreed to forfeit nearly $24,000 in United States currency. PRESS RELEASE

WOODSON, who is free on bond, will self-report to a prison designated by the Bureau of Prisons by February 11, 2011.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.