Two Convicted of Heroin, Cocaine Trafficking
MARTINSBURG, WV—Two individuals were convicted of heroin and cocaine trafficking this week in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Elliot Iwon Reed, 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, sold heroin and cocaine in Berkeley County, West Virginia. He pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base and Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.
Bruce Morton Vaudrien, Jr., 46, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, participated in a drug trafficking scheme in which heroin was transported across state lines from Baltimore, Maryland into West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He pled guilty to:
- One count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000,
- One count of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin” for which he faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, and
- One count of “Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering” for which he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led the inquiry. 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 Vaudrien and Camilletti, along with Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Taylor, prosecuted Reed on behalf of the government.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.