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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Monongalia County woman sentenced for maintaining a drug house

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Brianna Blackman, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 14 months incarceration for having a drug-involved premises, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Blackman, also known as “BB,” age 23, pled guilty to one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises” in October 2017. Blackman admitted to maintaining an apartment in Rhea Terrace in Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia for the purpose of distributing oxycodone. The crime occurred from May until December 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, led the investigation. The Task Force consists of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, Morgantown Police Department, the Star City Police Department, the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia University Police Department, the Granville Police Department, and the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The investigation was funded 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.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 26, 2019