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Martinsburg man convicted of heroin trafficking

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Jose Roberts, 62, of Martinsburg, was convicted of heroin trafficking today in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

A federal grand jury recently charged Roberts with multiple heroin trafficking offenses following the death of a female victim who used heroin allegedly purchased from Roberts in Berkeley County, West Virginia in May 2014.

Roberts, also known as “Jose,” pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging him with one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin.” As a result of the plea agreement executed today, Roberts will be sentenced to 84 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation.

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

Updated January 8, 2016