Baltimore man who led multi-state heroin trafficking operation appears in federal court in West Virginia
MARTINSBURG, Brian Alexander Hall, 27, of Windsor, Maryland, appeared before a federal judge in Martinsburg today on heroin trafficking charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Hall appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble on the following charges:
• One count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000,
• One count of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin and Cocaine Hydrochloride,” for which he faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000,
• Four counts of “Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.” He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 on each of the four counts,
• Two counts of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin.” He faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 on each of the two counts,
• Eleven counts of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 on each of the eleven counts, and
• Three counts of “Causing Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering – Heroin.” He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 on each of the three counts.
Judge Trumble scheduled a jury trial for Hall on August 18, 2015 in federal court in Martinsburg, and appointed a Federal Public Defender to represent him. Hall was released after the hearing today and is subject to conditions of home confinement and electronic monitoring along with other standard terms and conditions.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Camilletti and Anna Krasinski are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police, and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, are leading the investigation.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.