- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Three West Virginians have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a multistate heroin trafficking ring based in Baltimore.

The government says the three participated in a network that delivered the drug from the Baltimore area to locations in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Forty-one defendants were indicted on 163 charges in June in connection with the distribution ring.

The three West Virginia defendants were sentenced Friday in Martinsburg.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II identified them as 29-year-old Steward Eugene Whitehead of Inwood, 48-year-old James Francis Hansen Jr. of Berkeley Springs and 33-year-old Michelle Lynn Warnick of Kearneysville.

They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 15 months to five years.

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