Morgantown woman indicted on heroin distribution charges
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Morgantown woman was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on heroin trafficking charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Lori Murphy, age 28, was indicted on two counts of “Distribution of Heroin within 1000 feet of Protected Location” and two counts of “Distribution of Heroin.” Murphy is accused of distributing heroin, twice near North Elementary School, in April, July, and August of 2017 in Monongalia County.
Murphy faces up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000 for each of the counts involving distribution near a school and faces up to 20 years a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the other two distribution counts. 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.