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Martinsburg man sentenced for drug charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jarod Arthur Blakney, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 57 months incarceration for cocaine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Blakney, also known as “Papi,” age 28, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base” in September 2018. Blakney admitted to selling cocaine base in Berkeley County in June of 2017.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of $14,689 in cash, a 9mm pistol, two 9mm magazines, and a .22LR handgun with magazine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated February 25, 2019

Drug Trafficking