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West Virginia man sentenced for federal drug and firearms charges

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Erik Lee Kurz, age 29, of Augusta, West Virginia, was sentenced September 18, 2023 to 5 years in federal prison for heroin, fentanyl, and firearms charges.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Kurz, also known as “Edub,’ worked with others to sell heroin and fentanyl from Baltimore, Maryland to Hampshire and Mineral Counties in West Virginia. Investigators found several firearms and ammunition in his vehicle and found fentanyl and additional firearms in his home.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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

Updated September 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses