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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 6, 2014

Martinsburg Man Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Heroin Distribution


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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that 34 year old machine operator and Martinsburg resident DAVID CULLEN was sentenced Monday to 151 months in prison and three years of supervised release for distribution of heroin. CULLEN was also ordered to pay a special assessment fee of $100.

During an investigation led by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, CULLEN misled authorities when he originally agreed to make a series of controlled purchases on behalf of the Task Force, but instead, bought heroin for personal use and gave officers a counterfeit substance. CULLEN pled guilty to distribution of a controlled substance on June 3, 2014.

“We continue to support the efforts of the Drug & Violent Crime Task Force to aggressively investigate heroin sales in the Eastern Panhandle,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “We are confident that law enforcement officials and residents can work collaboratively to minimize drug use and promote safety in our region.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated January 7, 2015