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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wheeling Island man pleads guilty to crack cocaine distribution

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Clarence William Bertram, 24, of Wheeling, West Virginia, pled guilty to crack cocaine distribution in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Bertram pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base Within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” He admitted to selling crack cocaine near Madison Elementary School in Ohio County, West Virginia. He faces up to sixty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000. 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 defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated November 10, 2016