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Federal Indictments Returned Against 4 People in Clarksburg

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Federal indictments were returned this week in Clarksburg following investigations by the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.

Leroy Rousseau, of Clarksburg, was charged with four counts of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Clarksburg City Park Playground; one count of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Pierpont Community and Technical College; one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of the Clarksburg City Park Playground; one count of employment and use of a person under 18 years of age in drug operations; one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

The U.S. Attorney's office is seeking to forfeit a pistol as properly used or intended to be used to commit the charged offenses, according to the news release.

Rousseau faces up to 40 years in prison on the sales and possession with intent to distribute charges that occurred near a protected location; 20 years in prison on the possession with intent to distribute charge; and 10 years in prison on the felon in possession charge, officials said.

In an unrelated case, Justin Zachary Rosa, 19, and Nichole Nikki Pierce, 21, were named in a nine-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin, according to the news release.

Rosa faces a total of nine counts and Pierce faces a total of four counts. Officials said other charges include distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin; distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of Nutter Fort Elementary School; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses; felon in possession of a firearm; and uttering counterfeit obligations.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is also seeking to forfeit $4,822.46 in U.S. currency which constitutes proceeds obtained from the illegal activity as well as a cell phone and a revolver, according to the news release.

Rosa and Pierce each face up to 20 years on the conspiracy, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute charges; up to 40 years in prison on the sales and possession that occurred near a protected location; five years to life on the possession of a firearm to further the drug activity; and 10 years on the felon in possession charge.

Charles Everette Levine, 36, of Oakland, California, was also indicted this week in Clarksburg. Officials said Levine was named in a three-count indictment charging him with two counts of bank fraud and one count of access device fraud. The U.S. Attorney's office is also seeking to forfeit a $25,000 money judgment which constitutes proceeds obtained from the illegal activity, according to the news release.

Levine faces up to 30 years on the bank fraud charges and up to 10 years on the access device fraud charge, officials said.