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Maryland man sentenced for drug charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Antonio Cortez Darden, of Maugansville, Maryland, was sentenced today to 21 months of incarceration for a drug charge, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Darden, 44, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride.” Darden admitted to having cocaine hydrochloride in September 2019 in Berkeley County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

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

Updated December 14, 2021

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