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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Baltimore Men Face Heroin Distribution Charges In West Virginia

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four Maryland residents were arrested this week pursuant to an Indictment returned by a grand jury in West Virginia.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that KEYYONN ROBERT CORNISH JOHNSON a/k/a “STARLITO,” age 24; SEAN TAVON STOGDON a/k/a “FATS,” age 23; MARCEL EDMONDS, age 23; and, MARQUESE TAVON WARD, age 23, were each charged with “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin and Crack Cocaine.” The defendants reside in Baltimore but are alleged to have traveled to Berkeley County, West Virginia, to engage in drug trafficking.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, other charges include “Distribution of Heroin,” “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine,” and “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” JOHNSON faces a total of four counts, while STOGDON faces five counts, and EDMONDS and WARD face three counts each.
Each defendant each face up to twenty years in prison, and under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and was investigated by 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, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, as well as uniformed officers of the West Virginia State Police.

Updated January 7, 2015