Virginia man sentenced for role in drug trafficking operation

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles Jackson, of Winchester, Virginia, was sentenced today to 30 months of incarceration for his role in a drug distribution operation, Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Jackson, 53, pleaded guilty in March 2021 to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Eutylone and Cocaine Base.” Jackson admitted to working with others to distribute eutylone and cocaine base from October 2019 to April 2020 in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI; the Department of Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service; the West Virginia State Police; the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; and the West Virginia Air National Guard investigated.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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

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