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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Four Convicted Of Heroin Charges


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Greater Harrison DTF Leads Investigations

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II
announced that the following individuals recently appeared in Federal Court in Clarksburg.

ANDRE ABRAM, age 32, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin within 1,000 Feet of the Clarksburg Housing Authority” on March 28,2013. As part of his plea, ABRAM will forfeit $3,376 in United States currency seized on March 28, 2013. ABRAM, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces 1 to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine.

ERIC SCOTT BARKER, age 33, MEGAN EILEEN DUNIGAN, age 25 and ROBERT ALLEN HILL, age 24, of Clarksburg, entered pleas of guilty to“Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin” on February 8, 2013, in Clarksburg. As part of his plea, BARKER will forfeit $1,505 in United States currency seized from his residence on. BARKER, DUNIGAN and HILL, who are in custody pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment and a
$1,000,000 fine, as well as a consecutive sentence for violating the conditions of Federal supervised release they were serving at the time of the commission of this offense.

These cases were investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Bridgeport Police Department; Clarksburg Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Postal Inspection Service; and, the United States Marshals Service.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney & Criminal Chief
Shawn A. Morgan.

ANTWAN SHAIRD, age 28, entered pleas of guilty to three counts of “Indecent Exposure” and was sentenced to 270 days imprisonment to run consecutive to his current sentence of 180 months.

PHILLIP GARRISON, age 26, entered pleas of guilty to two counts of “Indecent Exposure” and was sentenced to 180 days imprisonment to run consecutive to his current sentence of 100 months.

The SHAIRD and GARRISON cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and were investigated by the Special Investigative Services Staff at USP Hazleton.

BRIAN FARLEY, age 31, of Oceana, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of “Obtaining Drugs by Fraud” and one count of “Making a Material False Statement.” FARLEY, who is on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 4 years imprisonment and a
$250,000 fine on the fraud charge and up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the false statement charge.

The FARLEY case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs/Office of Inspector General-Criminal Investigations Division.

Updated January 7, 2015