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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Georgia Man Charged With Drug Trafficking Near Local Schools

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Terrence D. Brawner, a 32-year-old Georgia native, was indicted by a federal grand jury and arrested on multiple drug trafficking charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

According to the indictment, Brawner repeatedly distributed heroin and crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of St. Michael’s Elementary School and Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Brawner is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine near a protected location, three counts of distributing heroin near a protected location, and one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin near a protected location. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 for each of these seven charges.

Brawner is also charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone in and around New Martinsville, West Virginia for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. An investigation by the West Virginia State Police and the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime task force led to Brawner’s indictment and arrest.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015