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Leader of Maryland to West Virginia heroin trafficking operation convicted in federal court

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Brian Alexander Hall, 27, of Windsor, Maryland, was convicted of heroin trafficking today in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Hall orchestrated an extensive, multi-state heroin distribution network in which a large group of individuals repeatedly travelled across state lines to procure quantities of heroin from Hall in Baltimore, Maryland, and the surrounding region. The individuals then returned to locations in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania to redistribute the heroin obtained from Hall.

Federal authorities interrupted the operation in June 2015 when 41 individuals were charged in 163-count indictment. Three of the individuals that participated in the operation have been sentenced, and an additional 30 defendants have pled guilty in federal court and will be sentenced in the coming months.

Hall pled guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison 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 Anna 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.

Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking