3 suspects in Drug Task Force investigation enter guilty pleas

3 suspects in Drug Task Force investigation enter guilty pleas

Posted Thursday, 14 November 2013

This article originally appeared on Clarksburg Exponet Telegram. View the original post here.

CLARKSBURG — Three defendants in a Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigation into crack cocaine distribution in Clarksburg have pleaded guilty.       

Entering pleas Thursday before U.S. Magistrate John S. Kaull were Leroy “Black” Rousseau, 44, formerly of Washington, D.C., Francesca “Frankie” Strakal, 20, of Gypsy, and Talya Keener, 22, of Bridgeport.      

Rousseau faces the most potential prison time when he’s sentenced at a later date by U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley.       

Rousseau pleaded guilty to employment and use of a juvenile in a drug operation and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The first charge alleged wrongdoing March 21 in Clarksburg, while the gun charge alleged a crime Aug. 3 in Clarksburg involving a .45-caliber Haskell pistol.                    

Rousseau didn’t dispute that he was prohibited from possessing the gun due to his 2009 conviction for attempted robbery in the District of Columbia.

Strakal and Keener each pleaded guilty to a federal crack-house count. Keener’s wrongdoing occurred in March on Mulberry Avenue in Clarksburg, and Strakal’s wrongdoing occurred in March on Washington Avenue in Clarksburg, according to statements in court.

Rousseau remains jailed pending sentencing, while Strakal and Keener are free on bond.