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Northern District of West Virginia
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December 7, 2015

Eight Sentenced in Multi-State Heroin Trafficking Operation

MARTINSBURG, WV—Eight individuals were sentenced in federal court today after they admitted to participating in a multi-state heroin trafficking scheme, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

In June 2015, authorities announced a 163-count federal indictment encompassing 41 defendants, including the eight individuals sentenced today. The indictment targeted an extensive heroin trafficking network led by Brian Alexander Hall, 27, of Baltimore Maryland. Customers from locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia traveled to the Baltimore area to purchase heroin from Hall.

Shawn Blain Bowers, 27, of Braddock Heights, Maryland, pled guilty in August 2015 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.” He was sentenced today to 51 months in prison.

Javier Lewis Howard, 33, of Martinsburg, pled guilty in August 2015 to one count of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.” He was sentenced today to 46 months in prison on each count. The sentences imposed today will run concurrently for a total of 46 months in prison.

Harmony Hahn, 32, of Martinsburg, pled guilty in August 2015 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering,” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” She was sentenced today to 37 months in prison on each count. The sentences imposed today will run concurrently for a total of 37 months in prison.

Bonnie Hanna, 34, and James Michael Ross, 32, both of Martinsburg, each pled guilty in August 2015 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” Hanna was sentenced today to 24 months in prison. Ross was sentenced today to 15 months in prison.

Darla Kinser, 30, James Wesley Faircloth, 35, both of Martinsburg, and Teddy Edward Threadgill, 47, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, each previously pled guilty to one count of “Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.” Faircloth was sentenced today to 30 months in prison. Threadgill was sentenced today to 18 months in prison. Kinser was sentenced today to 10 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anna Krasinski and Paul Camilletti prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led the inquiry.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

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