- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Six people have admitted their roles in a heroin trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says the operation that transported heroin from Baltimore into West Virginia was disrupted by a 163-count federal indictment encompassing 41 defendants.

Ihlenfeld says the six defendants pleaded guilty to various charges this week in federal court in Martinsburg.

He identified them as 27-year-old Shawn Bowers of Braddock Heights, Maryland; 48-year-old James Francis Hansen Jr. of Berkeley Springs; 30-year-old Darla Kinser of Martinsburg; 33-year-old Michelle Lynn Warnick of Kearneysville; 29-year-old Steward Eugene Whitehead Jr. of Inwood; and 38-year-old William Wasson of Falling Waters.

They face sentences ranging from four to 20 years in prison.

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