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Monongalia County residents admit to drug charges

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Three Monongalia County residents have admitted to their involvement in a drug distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Tyler Hammack, of Westover, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Cocaine Base Within 1,000 Feet of Protected Location.” Hammack, age 22, admitted to working with another to sell cocaine base near Mascoli Park in Monongalia County in July 2018.

Kenneth Buzzo, of Granville, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Cocaine Base.” Buzzo, age 58, admitted to selling cocaine base in Monongalia County in June 2018.

Sandra Riggleman, of Granville, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Cocaine Base.” Riggleman, age 59, admitted to selling cocaine base in Monongalia County in April 2018.

Hammack faces at least one year and up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000. Buzzo and Riggleman each face 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 Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 30, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking