3 plead guilty to charges stemming from 4-state heroin ring

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 30, 2015 11:55 AM

(Martinsburg, W. Va.) -- Three people have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multistate heroin trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 46-year-old Craig Rhodes of Chambersburg, Pennsylvaniam faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Thirty-five-year-old James Wesley Faircloth and 37-year-old Roma Michelle Bland each face up to five years in prison. The Martinsburg residents each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

Rhodes, Faircloth and Bland were among 41 people charged in a 163-count indictment unsealed in June. They entered their pleas on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

Authorities say the operation distributed heroin in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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