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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ohio Resident Enters Plea To Cocaine Conspiracy Charge

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 35-year old Martins Ferry, Ohio, resident entered a plea of guilty on April 17, 2013, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that SHERMAN L. GRIFFIN entered a plea of guilty to “Conspiracy to Distribute More than 500 Grams of Cocaine.” As part of his plea, GRIFFIN will forfeit $1,155 seized from him on December 19,
2012, which constitutes proceeds from the drug activity. GRIFFIN, who is free on bond, faces
5 to 40 years in prison and a $2,000,00 fine.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and were investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated January 7, 2015