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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 15, 2014

Three Sentenced For Cocaine Trafficking


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Three West Virginia residents were sentenced today for cocaine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Cherise Jones, 31, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for selling crack cocaine near Maple Avenue Apartments, a public housing authority facility in Fairmont, in June 2013. Jones pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1000’ of Protected Location” following an investigation by the Three Rivers Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Larry Clelland, 50, of Fairmont, West Virginia, and Robin Jackson, 42, of Morgantown, West Virginia were sentenced today for their role in selling crack cocaine in June 2013. Clelland and Jackson each pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base” following an investigation by the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Clelland was sentenced to 30 months in prison with credit for time served from November 2014. Jackson was sentenced to 24 months in prison with credit for time served from November 2014.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

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

Updated January 7, 2015