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Panhandle residents sentenced in U.S. court

March 13, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Eastern Panhandle residents were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia by Judge W. Craig Broadwater.

Nereo Contreras-Reyes, 23, of 215 N. Forrest St., Ranson, W.Va., was sentenced to five months imprisonment, following an earlier guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said Monday.

Contreras-Reyes entered a plea of guilty in December 2001, to one count of an indictment charging that in June of 2000, Contreras-Reyes, an illegal alien from Mexico who had been deported, was found to be in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, having not applied for re-entry into the United States, Johnston said.

Contreras-Reyes was given credit for time served and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for immediate deportation, Johnston said.

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This case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherry L. Muncy and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow.

Max Oglesbee Oates, 24, of 1003 Wilkins Court, Martinsburg, was sentenced to 59 months imprisonment to be followed by five years supervised release, pursuant to an earlier entered plea of guilty, Johnston said.

In addition, Oates was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $500 to the West Virginia State Police for destruction of property.

Oates entered a plea of guilty in December 2001 to one count of an indictment charging him with possessing with intent to distribute approximately .71 grams of heroin on Feb. 1, 2001, in Martinsburg, Johnston said.

This case was investigated by officers of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Mucklow.

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