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

Monday, September 10, 2018

Virginia man sentenced for selling cocaine

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Marto Orantes, of Winchester, Virginia, was sentenced today to time served for cocaine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Orantes, age 48, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine” in June 2018. Orantes admitted to selling cocaine in April 2016 in Hampshire County.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn M. Adkins and Lara K. Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug & Gang Task Force , the West Virginia State Police, the Virginia State Police, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Charles Town Police Department, the Keyser City Police Department, and the Ranson Police Department.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 10, 2018