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U.S. Attorney honors law enforcement officers

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin honored law enforcement officers Friday who worked on recent high-profile federal cases.

The work of the officers recognized led to convictions of a former Massey Energy executive, a Logan pill-mill doctor, an aspiring Hollywood actor who orchestrated a multimillion-dollar extortion plot, and a Michigan pedophile, according to a news release from Goodwin's office.

"These tremendously talented men and women have been engaged in vital work -- often painstaking and dangerous work -- that has removed drug dealers from our streets, strengthened community and workplace safety, eliminated fraud and abuse and made justice a reality for countless crime victims throughout Southern West Virginia," Goodwin said in a statement.

Among the 60 officers honored for their work were West Virginia State Police Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman. The posthumous awards credited the men for their part investigating Raymond Hersman, 47, of Wallback, months before their deaths.

A federal jury found Hersman guilty of selling more than 50 grams of meth in May. He reportedly intended to distribute more than 400 grams of meth near Gauley Bridge.

Bailey and Workman were shot to death during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 79 near the Roane-Clay county line on Aug. 28, 2012.

Also Friday, Goodwin presented the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year honor to the West Virginia State Police for its strong partnership with Goodwin's office, the release states.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Ciccarelli received the Exceptional Career Service Award. Ciccarelli, a West Virginia native and a 28-year veteran of the FBI, will retire in January 2014.

FBI Special Agent James Lafferty was presented with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. Lafferty, an 11-year veteran of the FBI, has investigated a variety of criminal cases involving prescription drug traffickers and medical fraud, as well as mining and workplace safety investigations.


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