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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mineral County woman admits to role in a drug distribution operation

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Brittany Baker, of Elk Garden, West Virginia, has admitted to her involvement in a drug distribution conspiracy, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Baker, age 22, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Baker admitted to distributing methamphetamine in June 2018 in Mineral County.

Baker faces up to 20 years incarceration 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 Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The West Virginia State Police, and the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 22, 2019