MARTINSBURG – A Piedmont woman and a Keyser man both appeared in federal court recently, despite the federal government shutdown.

MARTINSBURG – A Piedmont woman and a Keyser man both appeared in federal court recently, despite the federal government shutdown.
According to United States Attorney Bill Powell n Martinsburg, Erica Lucinda Taylor, of Piedmont,   admitted to a drug distribution charge.
Taylor, age 30, pled guilty to one count of  aiding and abetting the distribution of Fentanyl, admitting to selling the drug in February 2018 in Mineral County.
Taylor faces up to up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
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 defendant.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the West Virginia State Police investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.
IN Wheeling, Thomas Edward Wright, of Keyser, was sentenced to 103 months incarceration for a firearms charge.
Wright, 30, pled guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm in October 2018. Wright admitted to possessing a stolen .22 caliber long rifle in February 2016 in Mineral County.