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Cocaine supplier in the Steubenville area and distributor in Weirton area sentenced

August 29, 2008
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - Two individuals were sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that Corey Lyons, 21, of Steubenville, Ohio, was sentenced to 97 months imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release; and Craig Elmore, 19, of Weirton, was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Lyons and Elmore entered guilty pleas in April 2008 to one count of an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base from September 2007 to December 2007 in the northern district of West Virginia.

According to Potter and information presented in court, Lyons distributed the crack cocaine from a location in Steubenville to Elmore and other defendants in this case for redistribution in and around the Weirton area.

A search warrant was executed on Lyons' residence in February 2008 and "a substantial amount" of cocaine was seized from Lyons' bedroom, along with various items indicative of drug processing and trafficking. In addition to the controlled substances and documents, a Harrington and Richardson .20 gauge shotgun was seized from a closet within the bedroom.

Lyons and Elmore were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

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