Wheeling residents were among those sentenced on drug charges in federal court this week.
According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Deandre Scott Estelle, age 43, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 13 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for "conspiracy to distribute schedule I and schedule II controlled substances." Estelle was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending being moved to prison.
Robin E. Rusk, age 27, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 3 months in prison to be
followed by three years of supervised release for "Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I and Schedule II Controlled Substances." Rusk, who is free on bond and will self report.
Jenny E. Kota, age 22, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 3 years probation for "Conspiracy
to Distribute Schedule I and Schedule II Controlled Substances."
Estelle, Rusk and Kota were among 29 people who were charged in an investigation that
included extensive surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, executions of search warrants, and seizures of narcotics, automobiles, and United States currency.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and
was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department and the Ohio County Sheriff's Department.
Also sentenced in federal court were Tonica Mitchell, 28, formerly of Martins Ferry, for "Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Travel in Aid of a Racketeering Enterprise." Mitchell was sentenced to 3 years.
Anton Drake, 32, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for the "Distribution of Cocaine" in Benwood, West Virginia.
Erica Mercury Hercules, 29, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 18 months to be followed by three years of supervised release for "Aiding and Abetting a Prohibited Person in the Possession of a Firearm."
Jeffrey Beresford, 53, of Cameron, West Virginia, was sentenced to one year probation for the "Falsification of Union Records" from April of 2008 to January of 2010 by willfully falsifying his Plumbers ALF-CIO Local Union mileage logs.
Beresford was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $4,507.75 to the union.