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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Maryland Resident Enters Plea To Drug Charge

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 34-year old Oxon Hill, Maryland, resident entered a plea of guilty on March 12, 2013, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that: RONALD PAUL LAWSON, JR., entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of Winchester Avenue Elementary School.” LAWSON, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces at least 1 and up to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and former Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force. The Task Force consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Updated January 7, 2015