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Eastern Panhandle residents plead guilty to federal drugs, firearms, theft charges

April 18, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Five Eastern Panhandle residents have entered guilty pleas to drugs, firearms and theft charges in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The pleas were entered April 13-15 before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The release said the following people entered guilty pleas:

• William Burr, 58, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with theft of government funds. Burr was receiving Social Security disability payments while he was working at the Veterans Administration and was ineligible for the $44,138 he received.

Burr, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration — Office of Inspector General.

• Shelby Lee Campbell, 37, of Ridgeley, W.Va., entered a plea of guilty to one count of an indictment charging her with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Campbell has a prior conviction for a felony and is prohibited from possessing firearms. She was accused of stealing a firearm and pawning it on April 13, 2009.

Campbell, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case was investigated by the Ridgeley Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

• William David Furley, 30, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute heroin in Berkeley County. The heroin was discovered on Furley during a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Furley was a passenger, the release says.

Furley, who is in federal custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1 million.

The case was investigated by uniformed members of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. The Task Force consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police — Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

• Durrell Johnson, 25, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine on Oct. 29, 2009, in Martinsburg. Johnson, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million.

The case was investigated by the Martinsburg Police Department.

• Robert Kenneth Kackley, 49, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with the distribution of crack cocaine on Nov. 17, 2010, in Martinsburg. Kackley, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

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