- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia men have pleaded guilty to charges related to trafficking heroin.

Frederick Smitherman and Brandon Lee Odell, both of Inwood, entered the pleas Wednesday in federal court.

Prosecutors said the men were involved in an extensive drug trafficking operation in which heroin was transported from Baltimore into West Virginia. The operation was disrupted in June by a 163-count federal indictment encompassing 41 defendants.

Odell pled guilty today to one count of aiding and abetting attempted possession with intent to distribute heroin. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Smitherman pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting interstate travel in aid of racketeering. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

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