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Northern District of West Virginia

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Eight sentenced for trafficking heroin, other drugs

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Eight sentenced for trafficking heroin, other drugs

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Eight individuals were sentenced in federal court today for distributing heroin and other drugs, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, and Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed a drug distribution network in which heroin transported from Baltimore, Maryland and oxycodone were sold within the Northern District of West Virginia. Six individuals were sentenced for their role in the drug trafficking operation, including:

• Stephanie Lee Butts, 38, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 115 months in prison after she was discovered in possession of heroin in January 2014. She pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.”
• Christian Nicole Pierce, 22, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for her role in selling heroin as part of the larger distribution network. She pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy – Heroin.”
• Brenda Michelle Sams, 35, of Brandywine, Maryland was sentenced to 21 months in prison for her role in selling heroin as part of the larger distribution network. She pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy – Heroin.”
• Brandy Netz, 30, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for selling heroin in April 2014. She pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin.”
• Crystalin Nicole Holliday, 24, of Martinsburg, West Virginia was sentenced to three years of probation months in prison for selling heroin in April 2014. She pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin.”
• Thomas Richard Greenfield, Jr., 58, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to three years of probation for selling oxycodone in April 2014. He pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Oxycodone.”

In another matter, Derwin Lee Harris, 48, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine in July 2013. He pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy” following an investigation by the Martinsburg Police Department.

Additionally, Darrell Sherwood Logan, 57, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to time served since September 2014 for selling crack cocaine. He pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Cocaine Base” following an investigation by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated January 13, 2015