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Wheeling Residents Indicted On 22 Counts Of Heroin And Cocaine Trafficking

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-7725 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

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Government seeks forfeiture of home where drugs allegedly sold

WHEELING, WV – Four Wheeling residents have been charged in a twenty-two count indictment with the trafficking of heroin and cocaine in the Wheeling area.

According to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II, the following individuals have been charged in federal court with “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base and Heroin” from November of 2012 to January of 2013: Deon Young, age 29; Megan Brak, age 26; Solomon Sims, age 56; and Carlos Moore a/k/a “Los”, age 27.

Young faces a total of twenty-one counts, Sims faces three counts, and Brak and Moore face two counts each. In addition to the conspiracy charge, other charges include the distribution of cocaine and heroin, the distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Bridge Park Playground, the maintaining of a drug-involved premise, and the use of a telephone to aid in the distribution of cocaine and heroin.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking to forfeit a home located at 319 North Huron Street because the home is believed to have been used to facilitate the commission of drug trafficking.

Each defendant faces up to twenty years in prison on the conspiracy, distribution, and maintaining a drug-involved premise charges, up to forty years in prison on the sales that occurred near the playground, and up to four years in prison on the telephone counts.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

The investigation was conducted by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which is
comprised of officers and agents from the West Virginia State Police-BCI, the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

All of the charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated January 7, 2015