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Martinsburg man admits to drug charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Curtis Taylor, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has admitted to a drug charge, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Taylor, 54, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility.” Taylor admitted to using a phone to distribute Eutylone in November 2020 in Berkeley County.

Taylor faces up to four years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Mon Metro Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated December 17, 2021

Drug Trafficking