Monday, July 12, 2021

Hampshire County woman admits to role in drug trafficking operation

 MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jessica Lee Lynch, of Augusta, West Virginia, has admitted to her role in a drug trafficking conspiracy, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Lynch, age 38, pleaded guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin. Fentanyl, and Cocaine Base.” Lynch admitted to working with another individual to distribute the controlled substances from January 2020 through October 2020.

Lynch faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Attorney’s Office worked closely with the Hampshire County Prosecutor’s Office to bring this case forward. In addition, the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime task Force, a HIDTA funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

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