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Four sentenced in drug, firearms cases

August 01, 2003

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four people were sentenced Wednesday on firearms and drug charges in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

  • Robert Louis Hicks, 50, of 120 Tenacious Heights in Martinsburg, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release on a firearms charge, according to a press release from U.S. District Court. He pleaded guilty on April 10 to one count of knowingly possessing firearms made in violation of the law on Nov. 12, 2002, according to the release. Hicks is free on bond and will report to a designated federal institution, according to the release.

    The case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Homes Initiative by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the release.

  • Christina Cruz, 22, of Augusta, W.Va., was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release on a drug charge. She pleaded guilty on April 29 to one count of distribution of heroin on Feb. 7, 2002, at her residence in Romney, W.Va., according to the release.

  • Maurice Johnson, 20, of 1514 Gorsuch Ave. in Baltimore, was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release on a drug charge, according to the release. On March 17, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin on May 6, 2002, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., according to the release. He is in federal custody.

  • John Paul Smith, 35, of Romney, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release on a drug charge, according to the release. On March 20, he pleaded guilty to one count of distributing .79 gram of heroin on Nov. 1, 2002, in Slainsville, W.Va., according to the release. He is in federal custody.


The cases against Cruz, Johnson and Smith were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow. They were investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Keyser and Moorefield (W.Va.) police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the release.

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