Martins Ferry man charged with interstate cocaine trafficking

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A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Tuesday, charging Shawndale Saunders of Martins Ferry with cocaine trafficking.  

According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Saunders allegedly conspired with others to transport cocaine across state lines from Ohio into West Virginia in order to possess and sell the drug in Ohio County.

Saunders is alleged to have used a telephone to facilitate the sale of cocaine in Ohio County and is charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute 280 Grams or More of Cocaine Base.”

He faces between 10 years and life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000,000. Saunders is further charged with one count of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate Distribution of Cocaine Base,” for which he faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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