Two Convicted for Roles in Baltimore to West Virginia Heroin Trafficking Network
MARTINSBURG, WV—Two individuals were convicted in federal court this week for their role in a multi-state heroin trafficking operation, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
The defendants convicted this week participated in a drug trafficking scheme in which heroin was transported across state lines from Baltimore, Maryland into West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The operation was disrupted in June 2015 by a 163-count federal indictment encompassing 41 defendants.
Josh Reid, 32, of Martinsburg, was discovered in possession of heroin in Berkeley County, West Virginia in February 2015. He pled guilty to “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
Cortney Blair Saylor, 29, of Martinsburg, helped to facilitate the sale of heroin in February 2015. She pled guilty to one count of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin” for which she faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She also pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering” for which she faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anna Krasinski and Paul Camilletti prosecuted the case 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.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.