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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Five Appear In Federal Court On Drug Trafficking Charges


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist


WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Five men from Wheeling, West Virginia appeared in federal court on charges of drug trafficking.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that the following individuals appeared before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. for plea and sentencing hearings:

DEON YOUNG, age 27, was sentenced to 108 months in prison and three years of supervised release and CARLOS MOORE, age 27, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base and Heroin” from November of 2012 to January of 2013. The Court also ordered the forfeiture of $2,260 from YOUNG and $1,541 from MOORE. YOUNG and MOORE were remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

DEVON BERTRAM, age 24, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Wheeling Central Catholic High School.” BERTRAM, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison.

GARY MOE WADE, age 39, entered a plea of guilty to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Wheeling Central Catholic High School.” WADE faces up to 40 years in prison.

Finally, in a matter before U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert, JEROME MELVIN ROSS, age 22, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Riverview Towers.” ROSS faces up to 40 years in prison.

These cases were prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which is comprised of officers and agents from the West Virginia State Police-BCI, the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated January 7, 2015