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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 24, 2014

Two Sentenced In Pittsburgh To Morgantown Heroin, Cocaine Distribution Scheme


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Morgantown, West Virginia residents were sentenced today for their role in a heroin and cocaine distribution ring, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

An investigation by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations revealed a drug trafficking network in which heroin and cocaine were transported from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Morgantown, West Virginia for redistribution.

Anthony Michael Fata, 27, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison. He will also forfeit $1551.00. He pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of "Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin."

Mahmoud Fares Abulaban, 26, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison. He will also forfeit $1551.00. In late 2012, Abulaban was discovered selling powder cocaine near West Virginia Junior College. He pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of "Distribution of Cocaine Hydrochloride within 1000’ of Protected Location."

In another matter, Casey Searcy, 33, of Salem, West Virginia, was sentenced to 110 months in prison for selling prescription painkillers near the Clarksburg City Park - North View. He pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of "Distribution of Oxycodone within 1000' of a Protected Location" following an investigation by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA- funded initiative.

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