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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Berkeley County man admits to drug distribution charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Bunker Hill, West Virginia man has admitted to a drug distribution charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

David Smeltzer, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, age 36, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.” Smeltzer admitted to selling heroin in Berkeley County in January 2017.

Smeltzer faces up to 20 months incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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. 

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Lydia Lehman, also with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 8, 2018