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January 25, 2007

Three sentenced in drug incidents



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia recently announced several sentencings of people convicted of drug charges, according to a statement issued this week.

· Marcel Laboris Hicks, 31, now of Miami, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release.

Hicks, formerly of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Oct. 27, 2004, to one count of an indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base on Aug. 3, 2003, in Martinsburg, according to the statement.

· Larry Charvell Jones, 54, of 430 Martin St. in Martinsburg, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release.

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Jones pleaded guilty Sept. 13, 2006, to one count of an indictment charging him with distributing cocaine base in Martinsburg, according to the statement.

· Matthew Morris, 39, of Alexandria, Va., was sentenced Monday to seven years and eight months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Morris pleaded guilty July 19, 2006, to one count of an indictment charging him with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride on May 23, 2004, in Martinsburg, according to the statement.




Woman arraigned on drug charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., woman was arraigned Wednesday on one count of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine) after police said they used a confidential informant to purchase the drug from her in May 2006, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jodi Lynn Green, 23, of 172 Alcott Ave. in the Spring Hill subdivision, was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set bond at $25,000.

The alleged drug deal May 23 was set up by members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task force, who arranged for the informant to purchase one gram of cocaine from Green for $75, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Cpl. Andy Evans.

Two days later, the informant purchased three grams of cocaine from Green for $200, but during that transaction, the accused implicated her boyfriend and told the informant he obtained the drug from an individual in Winchester, Va., Evans said.

A search of the couple's residence carried out the same day yielded $711 in cash, including currency police provided for the second drug deal, Evans said.

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