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PRESS RELEASE: Pennsylvania man, Kalif Briggs, pleads guilty to participating in multi-state heroin, painkiller trafficking scheme

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to participating in multi-state heroin, painkiller trafficking scheme

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Kalif Briggs, 33, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was convicted in federal court today for his role in a multi-state heroin and oxycodone trafficking operation, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Briggs participated in a drug trafficking network that cause quantities of heroin and oxycodone to be transported across state lines from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Morgantown, West Virginia for redistribution and sale throughout the region. The operation was disrupted in November 2014 when Briggs, along with 20 other individuals, was charged in a 65-count federal indictment.

Specifically, Briggs sold oxycodone in 2014 in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Briggs pled guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Oxycodone.” He faces up to 20 years in prison 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 Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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