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Jefferson County man sentenced for fentanyl charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Howard Anson Peterson, of Charles Town, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 12 months of incarceration for a fentanyl charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Peterson, also known as “Happy,” 57, pleaded guilty in March 2022 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Fentanyl.” Peterson admitted to working with another to distribute fentanyl in February 2021 in Jefferson County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Helman prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Loudon County, Virginia Task Force investigated. 

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

Updated June 13, 2022

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