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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 – Kevin Joseph Young, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced today to 72 months of incarceration for a drug charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Young, 56, pleaded guilty in November 2021 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute 100 Grams or More of a Mixture and Substance Containing Phencyclidine (PCP).” Young admitted to having 100 grams or more of PCP in September 2019 in Jefferson County.

This case is 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. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lara Omps-Botteicher and Eleanor F. Hurney prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI; Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

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

Updated May 9, 2022

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