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Two defendants plead guilty to federal drug charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia
Defendants face substantial mandatory minimum sentences for heroin and methamphetamine crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two defendants pleaded guilty today to federal drug crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Debra Martin, 34, of Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of more of heroin. In a separate prosecution, Schauwne Martin, 36, of Dunbar, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the collaborative investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Parkersburg Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Police Departments of the cities of Parkersburg, Vienna, and Williamstown for the Debra Martin case. U.S. Attorney Stuart also commended the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force for the investigation of Schauwne Martin.


Debra Martin admitted that from December 2016 until her arrest in November 2017, she was involved with several individuals in distributing heroin at various locations throughout the Parkersburg area. In addition, Debra Martin admitted to selling heroin to a confidential informant working with the Parkersburg Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on numerous occasions. Debra Martin and her co-conspirators were involved in the distribution of a total of between one and three kilograms of heroin. Debra Martin faces at least five and up to 40 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on April 5, 2018.


In a separate prosecution, Schauwne Martin admitted that on February 28, 2017, law enforcement found a loaded .380 caliber, semiautomatic handgun, approximately 94 grams of pure methamphetamine, and digital scales in his kitchen in Dunbar. Martin, who has previously been convicted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Kanawha County, also admitted that he possessed another handgun, and that he had sold methamphetamine to informants on seven other occasions. Martin faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 5, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is in charge of the Debra Martin prosecution. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Bacaj is responsible for the prosecution of Schauwne Martin. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is presiding over these cases.

These cases are being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of illegal drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.

Updated January 16, 2018

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