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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 – Eric W. Hathcock, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months of incarceration for distributing fentanyl and heroin, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Hathcock, age 37, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl and Heroin” in May 2020. Hathcock admitted to selling heroin and fentanyl in June 2019 in Berkeley County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Helman prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

These charges are the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS)/Special Operations Division (SOD) Project Clean Sweep.  This initiative seeks to reduce the supply of synthetic opioids in “hot spot” areas previously identified by the Attorney General of the United States, thereby reducing drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths, and identify wholesale distribution networks and sources of supply operating nationally and internationally. 

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

Updated September 14, 2020

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