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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Benwood, WV Man Convicted Of Heroin, Cocaine Trafficking


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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Howard Dabrawsky, II, 43, of Benwood, West Vrigina, was convicted today in federal court for his role in an Ohio to West Virginia heroin and cocaine trafficking operation, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, both HIDTA-funded initiatives, revealed that Dabrawsky participated in a drug distribution network that transported heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine from Cleveland, Ohio to Wheeling, West Virginia for distribution throughout the Northern District of West Virginia. Specifically, Dabrawsky acted as a driver during multiple heroin sales in early 2014.

Dabrawsky pled guilty today to one count of conspiring to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, including heroin, cocaine base, and cocaine. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 7, 2015