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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wheeling, WV Woman Convicted Of Selling Cocaine Near Local School


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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Krista Dennis, 28, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court for selling crack cocaine near a local elementary school, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced today.

An investigation by the Benwood, West Virginia Police Department, the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force revealed that Dennis sold crack cocaine in July 2014 near Ritchie Elementary School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Both task forces are HIDTA-funded initiatives.

Dennis pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base Near a Protected Location.” She faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00. 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 Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 7, 2015