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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Two Martinsburg residents charged with cocaine trafficking

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Gary Vincent Whorley, 32, and Dawn Marie Wiley, 25, both of Martinsburg, with cocaine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

The defendants allegedly participated in crack cocaine trafficking in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

The defendants are each charged with:

• One count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a School,” for which they each faces up to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00, 
• One count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base,” for which they each face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00,
• One count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Cocaine Base,” for which they each face to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00, and
• One count of “Aiding and Abetting the Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base,” for which they each face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

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.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anna Krasinski and Paul Camilletti are prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, is leading the investigation.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 8, 2016