3-20-13 Maryland resident pleas to drug charge

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MARTINSBURG — A 34-year-old Oxon Hill, Md., resident entered  a plea of guilty on March  12, in United States District Court  in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II has announced Ronald Paul Lawson Jr., entered a plea of guilty to “distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of Winchester Avenue Elementary School.” Lawson, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces  at least 1 and up to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and former Assistant  United  States  Attorney  Thomas  O. Mucklow  and  investigated  by the  Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force. The Task Force consists of officers from the West Virginia  State Police – Bureau  of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

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