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Federal drug indictments handed down

October 24, 2013
From staff reports , The Inter-Mountain

Eight area individuals were indicted on federal charges after an investigation that was conducted by the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to the office of U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

- In the first of seven separate drug cases, Robert Vaughn Barnette, II,, 28, of Weston, and Matthew Paul Sellers, 25, of Annapolis, Md., were named in a 24-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine.

Barnette faces a total of 17 counts and Sellers faces a total of 10 counts.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, other charges include maintaining a drug-involved premise, possession of material used to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and attempt to possess pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Barnette and Sellers each face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy, premise and possession charges; and up to 10 years in prison on the possession of material charge.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department investigated the case.

- In a separate case, Timothy Allen Hawks, 20, Elizabeth Christine Sampsell, 42, Courtney Lee Knight, 30, and Cynthia Marie Taylor, 28, of Moorefield, were named in a 14-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine.

Hawks faces a total of three counts, Sampsell faces a total of nine counts, Knight faces a total of four counts, and Taylor faces a total of two counts.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, other charges include maintaining a drug-involved premise, possession of material used to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and attempt to possess pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Hawks, Sampsell, Knight and Taylor each face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy, premise, and possession charges; and up to 10 years in prison on the possession of material charge.

- Jose Francisco Ramirez, a.k.a "Chico," 26, of Moorefield, was named in a nine-count indictment charging him with eight methamphetamine-related charges and one count of reentry of previously deported alien. Ramirez, who is in custody, faces up to 30 years in prison on each of the methamphetamine charges and up to 20 years in prison on the illegal reentry charge.

The Hawks and Ramirez cases were investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI).

- April Marie Chenoweth, 33, of Elkins, was named in a seven-count indictment charging her with maintaining a drug-involved premise, and six methamphetamine-related charges. Chenoweth, who is in custody, faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. This case was investigated by the Monongahela National Forest-Law Enforcement and Investigations.

-Traci Lynn Wilson, 27, of Moorefield, was named in a one-count indictment charging her with distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Moorefield Middle School. Wilson faces up to 40 years in prison. This case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

The Barnette, Hawks, Ramirez, Chenoweth and Wilson cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

 
 

 

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