Two people pleaded guilty March 20 in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.
Derek Deleon Brown, 23 of Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine on June 26, 2012 in Harrison County. According to the news release, Brown is free on bond pending sentencing and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Jason Saunders, 25 of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Simpson Elementary School on May 29, 2012. According to the news release, Saunders is in custody pending sentencing and faces a term of one to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
These cases were prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and were investigated by the Harrison County Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Clarksburg and Bridgeport Police Departments.