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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Berkeley County woman pleads guilty to her role in a heroin distribution operation

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Michelle Zimmerman, 28, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was convicted of racketeering, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Zimmerman admitted to traveling between Maryland and West Virginia to aid in a heroin distribution operation in June 2016.

Zimmerman pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.” She faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Anna Z. Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 14, 2017