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Maryland man admits to heroin and cocaine distribution

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Gary Antonio Thorton, of Baltimore has admitted to cocaine and heroin distribution, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Thorton, age 29, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine Base.” Thorton admitted to working with another to distribute heroin and cocaine base from February to May 2015 in Berkeley County.

Thorton faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated February 18, 2020

Drug Trafficking