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12 indicted on drug, firearm charges

Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 03:04 PM EDT

By: NEWS9

WHEELING, W.Va. --

Officials said 12 people have been indicted on a total of 75 federal drug and firearm charges as part of a multi-state arrest operation.

The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force said some of the suspects were taken into custody on Wednesday.

Multiple drug investigations conducted this spring and summer led to the indictments by a federal grand jury, according to Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler and West Virginia State Police BCI Capt. Timothy Bledsoe.

The following suspects were indicted, according to a news release:

-Clarence E. Bertram, 21, of Wheeling. Charged with seven counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine in July and August 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

-Dale A. Davis, also known as “Big Loc,” 36, of Wheeling. Charged with seven counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine and heroin and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Officials said the most recent alleged crimes he’s charged with happened in August 2013. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

-Jerome M. Ross, 22, of Wheeling. Charged with two counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of distributing heroin in July and August 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

-Devon Bertram, also known as “Von,” 23, of Wheeling. Charged with eight counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine between April and August 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

-Sylvester Walker, also known as “Coop,” 21, of Wheeling. Charged with eight counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine and heroin in April and May 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

-Nicole Marie Gust, 20, of Bellaire. Charged with one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine in April 2013. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

-Charles Wilkes, also known as “Eddy Getty,” 28, of Wheeling. Charged with four counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number for conduct alleged to have occurred in July and August 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

-Stedmund Creech, 24, of Steubenville. Charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in May 2013 in Wheeling. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

-Javon L. Scott, 28, of Wellsburg. Charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in Brooke County in June 2013. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

-Emanuel “Sammy” Banks, 40, of Wheeling. Charged with 10 counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine between January and July 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Banks is scheduled for a pre-trial on Nov. 19 before U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

-Gary “Moe” Wade, 39, of Wheeling. Charged with 10 counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine between January and July 2013. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Wade is scheduled for trial on Nov. 19 before Judge Stamp.

-Jewan S. Kyle, also known as “Cheddar,” 24, of Cleveland. Charged with 12 counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine and heroin between February and April 2013. Kyle faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted and is still wanted by authorities.


The news release stated that the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force investigated each of the cases announced Wednesday. The task force is comprised of officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police – BCI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The task force is funded in part by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated each of the firearm allegations.

The cases will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randolph J. Bernard and Stephen L. Vogrin.


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