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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 1, 2016

Four sentenced for drug trafficking

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four individuals were sentenced in federal court in Martinsburg today for various drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Joseph Perry, 31, of Gerrardstown, West Virginia, attempted to purchase heroin in March 2015 in Berkeley County. He pled guilty in October 2015 to an Information charging him with one count of “Aiding and Abetting Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” He was sentenced today to 32 months in prison.

Earl Ferguson, 46, of Inwood, West Virginia, sold oxycodone in July 2015 in Berkeley County, West Virginia. He pled guilty in November 2015 to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone.”  He was sentenced today to 21 months in prison.

Elliot Iwon Reed, 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, sold heroin and cocaine in Berkeley County. He pled guilty in October 2015 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base and Heroin.” He was sentenced today to 21 months in prison.

Jesus Demas Valencia, 48, of Martinsburg, sold cocaine in Berkeley County. He pled guilty in October 2015 to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine.” He was sentenced today to 12 months in prison.

Assistant United States Attorneys Paul Camilletti and Anna Krasinski prosecuted Ferguson, Perry, and Valencia on behalf of the government. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas also prosecuted Valencia on behalf of the government. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Taylor, also of the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, prosecuted Reed on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated each of the defendants. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also investigated Ferguson and Perry.

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

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 1, 2016