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Jefferson County man admits to drug distribution charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Harpers Ferry, West Virginia man has admitted to distributing heroin, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Blake Ramsey Viands, age 25, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of a Heroin.” Viands admitted to distributing heroin in November 2016 in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Viands faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated September 22, 2017

Drug Trafficking