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Morgantown woman pleads guilty to role in Detroit to WV heroin trafficking operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Debra Bolden, 46, of Morgantown, West Virginia, pled guilty to heroin trafficking in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Bolden participated in a drug trafficking network designed to transport heroin across state lines from Detroit, Michigan to Morgantown, West Virginia for redistribution and sale throughout the region. The heroin trafficking scheme was interrupted in February 2016 when a federal grand jury returned indictments against Bolden and thirteen other individuals. Specifically, Bolden sold heroin in August 2015 in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

Bolden pled guilty to “Distribution of Heroin.” She faces up to 20 years in prison 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 Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 5, 2016