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Two Clarksburg Residents Enter Pleas In Federal Court

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals entered pleas of guilty in United States District Court in Clarksburg on March 20, 2013, before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

DEREK DELEON BROWN a/k/a “SMOKE,” age 23, of Clarksburg (formerly of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine” on June
26, 2012, in Harrison County. BROWN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to
20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

JASON SAUNDERS a/k/a “JOSH JAMES,” age 25, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of Simpson Elementary School” on May 29, 2012. SAUNDERS, who is in custody pending sentencing, and KENNEDY, faces a term of 1 to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine.

The case was prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and investigated by the Harrison County Drug Task Force consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bridgeport Police Department.

Updated January 7, 2015