Woman pleads guilty in Michigan to Morgantown drug ring case


A woman who was indicted on federal drug charges, along with 16 others, in September 2018, has pleaded guilty.

Katina Sabatino, 25, of Morgantown, pleaded guilty to one count of Unlawful Use of Communication Device, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. Sabatino admitted to using a phone to help with distributing controlled substances in April 2018 in Monongalia County, officials said.

She was indicted with 16 other people, who were either from the Detroit or Morgantown area, on various charges involving heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and firearm distribution.

Sabatino faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 

Two men who were also a part of the indictment, Brian Kyle, 35 of Maidsville and Hamisi Mwawari, 44, of Morgantown, also pleaded guilty this week.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force all investigated this case, with assistance from the United States Marshal Service.

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