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Martinsburg Residents Convicted Of Heroin Distribution

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-7725 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II
announced that two Martinsburg residents were convicted for selling heroin.

BENJAMIN CHAVIS, II, age 54, and CHARLOTTE JENKINS SMITH, age 39 of Martinsburg entered pleas of guilty to “Distribution of Heroin” in the Berkeley County area. CHAVIS and SMITH, who are currently free on bond pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jarod J. Douglas and Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and were investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

In a separate case, Ihlenfeld stated that NIKKI RENE ELLISON, age 25, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to “False Representation in Application for a United States Passport.” ELLISON, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and investigated by the United States Department of State, Diplomatic Services.

Updated January 7, 2015