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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wellsburg Man Convicted Of Heroin Distribution

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WHEELING, WV – A Wellsburg, West Virginia, man has admitted to distributing heroin that caused the death of another.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that JUSTIN A. WITHERS, 29 years old, entered a plea of guilty to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.” WITHERS, who is presently in custody, faces a binding term of 150 months in prison. This term of imprisonment must still be approved by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., who took the plea from WITHERS this week but deferred acceptance of the terms of the plea agreement until the time of sentencing. The sentencing hearing will be scheduled after a pre-sentence report has been prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

WITHERS and his co-defendant Curtis ADAMS were indicted by a federal grand jury last year for allegedly delivering heroin that caused the death of a Brooke County man in 2011. ADAMS pleaded guilty to “Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering” after traveling to Steubenville, Ohio, to acquire heroin and then bringing it back to Brooke County to distribute. ADAMS was sentenced to 60 months in prison as a result of his conviction.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, Follansbee Police Department, the Wellsburg Police Department and the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

Updated January 7, 2015