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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Berkeley County woman admits to role in cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl distribution operation

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Brandy Netz, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has admitted to her role in a cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Netz, age 34, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride.” Netz admitted to working with someone to distribute cocaine in Berkeley County in January 2019.

Netz is facing up to 20 years 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Lydia Lehman, also with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Assistant U.S Attorney Timothy D. Helman, are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation; the West Virginia State Police; the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Charles Town Police Department, and the Ranson Police Department investigated. 

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 10, 2019