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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Berkeley County man admits to fentanyl charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Herman Terrell Govan, of Inwood, West Virginia, has admitted to selling fentanyl, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Govan, age 35, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl.” Govan admitted to selling fentanyl in January 2018 in Berkeley County.

Govan faces up to 20 years incarceration and a $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.

This case is the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS)/Special Operations Division (SOD) Project Clean Sweep.  This initiative seeks to reduce the supply of synthetic opioids in “hot spot” areas previously identified by the Attorney General of the United States, thereby reducing drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths, and identify wholesale distribution networks and sources of supply operating nationally and internationally. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Helman is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 24, 2019