New Jersey men guilty of roles in drug trafficking ring
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Sterling C. Davis and Braheem R. Sallie, both of Camden, New Jersey, were convicted at trial for their roles in a drug conspiracy that spanned several states, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.
“This result proves that drug traffickers can and will be held accountable even when they operate from another state and never set foot in West Virginia,” said Ihlenfeld. “The investigators and prosecutors are to be commended for their excellent work and the countless hours of time they invested in this case.”
After a three-day trial, Davis, 43, was found guilty of one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 100 Grams or More of Heroin and 40 Grams or More of Fentanyl” and two counts of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility.” Sallie, 42, was found guilty today of one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 100 Grams or More of Heroin and 40 Grams or More of Fentanyl,” one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility,” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting Travel Act – Distribution of Proceeds.” Davis and Sallie worked with others to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 40 grams or more of fentanyl from June 2019 to November 2019 in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties and elsewhere.
At trial, the evidence revealed that co-conspirators in West Virginia would wire money for drug payments to Davis and Sallie in Camden, New Jersey. The evidence also revealed multiple trips by West Virginia co-conspirators to Camden, New Jersey to obtain large amounts of heroin and fentanyl that were distributed and intended to be redistributed in West Virginia.
Davis and Sallie each face at least five years and up to 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for the conspiracy count, up to four years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the unlawful use of communication device counts, and up to five years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the distribution of proceeds count. 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 defendants.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Lydia Lehman, also with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, are prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The FBI; Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office assisted.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.
Find the related press release here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndwv/pr/25-charged-six-state-drug-conspiracy-involving-heroin-fentanyl-cocaine