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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Jefferson County woman pleads guilty to heroin distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Brandi Kern, 22, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was convicted of heroin distribution, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Kern admitted to using a telephone to distribute heroin in Jefferson County and elsewhere, including Baltimore, Maryland, in May 2016.

Kern pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility.” She faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. 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 Anna Z. Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 14, 2017