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WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA (STL.News) –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding law enforcement efforts in 2018, as more than 275 kilos of illicit and dangerous drugs were taken off the streets in communities across the Northern District of West Virginia. More than 3 kilos of fentanyl alone was seized, enough to kill 83% of the … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, U.S. Attorney’s Office Concludes Investigation into West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (STL.News)– United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that his office has concluded its current investigation into the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. “Our long-term investigation into corruption of West Virginia’s highest court is now concluded,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Absent new information or new allegations of impropriety or illegality, … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, U.S. Attorney’s Office Concludes Investigation into West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

West Virginia News: New Jersey Man, Eric Moore Bellamy Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Gun Charges

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A New Jersey man who was caught selling drugs near a school in West Huntington last September last year pled guilty today to a federal drug and gun charges, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Eric Moore Bellamy, 51, entered guilty pleas to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin … Continue reading West Virginia News: New Jersey Man, Eric Moore Bellamy Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Gun Charges

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney says Wheeling Police Chief’s new role is great news

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding the news that Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger will now sit on the executive board of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. “Appalachia HIDTA serves a vital role in our fight against the drug epidemic, providing much-needed funding to our task forces. It’s only … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney says Wheeling Police Chief’s new role is great news

West Virginia News: BLUEFIELD, Former Office Manager, Roseanna Coomes Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Scheme and Related Tax Felony

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Roseanna Coomes, 67, of Bluefield, West Virginia, pled guilty to executing a decade-long wire fraud scheme where she embezzled more than $969,000 from her employer, Cole Truck Parts. She also pled guilty to a related tax offense. As part of the plea, Coomes agreed to … Continue reading West Virginia News: BLUEFIELD, Former Office Manager, Roseanna Coomes Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Scheme and Related Tax Felony

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Multiple Removed Aliens Plead Guilty To Immigration Crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In three separate cases, two Mexican Nationals and a Guatamalan National entered guilty pleas to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Multiple defendants. Multiple prior deportations. Repeat offenders. These are … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Multiple Removed Aliens Plead Guilty To Immigration Crimes

West Virginia News: BECKLEY, Jarrod Grimes, Former Federal Prison Official Sentenced for Sex Offenses

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Jarrod Grimes, 40, of Inverness, Florida, a former Federal Bureau of Prisons official, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for unlawfully engaging in sexual activity with female inmates at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson. Grimes will also be required to register as a … Continue reading West Virginia News: BECKLEY, Jarrod Grimes, Former Federal Prison Official Sentenced for Sex Offenses

West Virginia News: HOPE Clinic Physician, Dr. John Pellegrini Sentenced for Money Laundering Conspiracy

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a HOPE Clinic physician, Dr. John Pellegrini, D.O., 64, of Huntington, West Virginia, was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment for conspiracy to launder money. Pellegrini was also ordered to forfeit $574,507 to the United States, as that amount represents the proceeds of his offense. Stuart praised … Continue reading West Virginia News: HOPE Clinic Physician, Dr. John Pellegrini Sentenced for Money Laundering Conspiracy

West Virginia News: Charleston Man, Michael D. Williams Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pled guilty to a federal firearms charge, said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Michael D. Williams, 49, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams was on supervised release for a prior federal conviction for conspiracy to commit arson. The investigation was conducted by the … Continue reading West Virginia News: Charleston Man, Michael D. Williams Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

West Virginia News: Parkersburg Man, Nicholas Easton Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Nicholas Easton, 29, entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Parkersburg Police Department, and the Parkersburg Narcotics … Continue reading West Virginia News: Parkersburg Man, Nicholas Easton Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Charges

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Two Men Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two men were sentenced by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber for illegally possessing firearms, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “We are prosecuting prohibited persons for illegally possessing firearms in every corner of the District,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “And the number of firearms cases we have … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Two Men Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearms

WEST VIRGINIA News: A New York man, Amanze Antoine found guilty of firearms conspiracy and drug charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Amanze Antoine, of Mt. Vernon, New York, was found guilty this week of three counts involving illegal firearms sales and cocaine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. After a three-day trial, a federal jury found Antoine, age 37, guilty of one count of “Conspiracy to Violate Federal Firearms Laws” one … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: A New York man, Amanze Antoine found guilty of firearms conspiracy and drug charges

West Virginia News: HUNTINGTON, Lonnie Berry, Project Huntington Update: Operation Saigon Sunset Defendant Sentenced to Prison for Role in Federal Drug Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man and Operation Saigon Sunset defendant was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison for his role in a federal drug conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Lonnie Berry, II, 43, previously pled guilty to an indictment which charged him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. This investigation was the … Continue reading West Virginia News: HUNTINGTON, Lonnie Berry, Project Huntington Update: Operation Saigon Sunset Defendant Sentenced to Prison for Role in Federal Drug Conspiracy

West Virginia News: Detroit Man, Octavius Ellis Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit, Michigan man pled guilty yesterday to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Octavius Ellis, 23, entered a guilty plea today to knowingly and intentionally distributing fentanyl. Stuart praised the work of the Huntington Police Department. “Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in the country,” said United States … Continue reading West Virginia News: Detroit Man, Octavius Ellis Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution

West Virginia News: HUNTINGTON, Two Men Appear in Federal Court for Roles in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two men who took part in a conspiracy resulting in the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine across several counties in West Virginia appeared in federal court yesterday, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Marquis Edward Henderson, 32, of Bronx, New York entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or … Continue reading West Virginia News: HUNTINGTON, Two Men Appear in Federal Court for Roles in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

WEST VIRGINIA News: Wheeling Island woman, Carla Webb Daniels sentenced for heroin distribution

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Carla Webb Daniels, of Wheeling Island, West Virginia, has been sentenced to 12 months and one day incarceration to be followed by six years supervised release for distributing heroin near an Ohio County school, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Daniels, age 57, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Wheeling Island woman, Carla Webb Daniels sentenced for heroin distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Tucker County man, Richard Lee Hollobaugh sentenced for firearms charge

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Richard Lee Hollobaugh, of Parsons, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Hollobaugh, age 33, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in August 2018. Hollobaugh, having previously been convicted of four felonies, admitted to … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Tucker County man, Richard Lee Hollobaugh sentenced for firearms charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County man, Robert C. Ard sentenced for making a destructive device

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert C. Ard, of Elkins, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration for charge involving a homemade explosive device found in his home, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ard, age 54, pled guilty to one count of “Making an Unlawful Firearm” in August 2018. Ard admitted to making … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County man, Robert C. Ard sentenced for making a destructive device

WEST VIRGINIA News: Hardy County man, Joshua A. Parker admits to firearms charge

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua A. Parker, of Baker, West Virginia, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Parker, age 30, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Parker, having been convicted of four previous felonies, admitted to possessing a 9mm pistol in Hardy County in … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Hardy County man, Joshua A. Parker admits to firearms charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Phillip Ryan Williams admits to drug distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Phillip Ryan Williams, of McCoole, Maryland, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Williams, age 24, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” He admitted to selling methamphetamine in Mineral County on June 13, 2018. Williams faces up to 20 years incarceration and a … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Phillip Ryan Williams admits to drug distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Columbus man, Jason R. Smoot admits to cocaine distribution charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jason R. Smoot, of Columbus, Ohio, has admitted to selling cocaine near a playground, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Smoot, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” Smoot admitted to selling cocaine near the Jensen Playground in Wheeling … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Columbus man, Jason R. Smoot admits to cocaine distribution charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Wetzel County man, Joseph Harrison sentenced for firearms charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Harrison, of Pine Grove, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Harrison, age 48, pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition” in August 2018. Harrison, having previously been convicted of a … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Wetzel County man, Joseph Harrison sentenced for firearms charge

West Virginia News: Columbus Man, Shawn Bryson Sentenced to Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine Near Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Shawn Bryson, Columbus man, was sentenced yesterday to 37 months for selling crack cocaine within 1000 feet of Marshall University in July 2017, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. The Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation. “Marshall University and its student population are the heart of the City of Huntington,” said United … Continue reading West Virginia News: Columbus Man, Shawn Bryson Sentenced to Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine Near Marshall University

West Virginia News: Huntington Man, David Washington Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Brother’s Veteran’s Benefits

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man pled guilty yesterday to embezzling over $80,000 of his brother’s Veteran’s benefits. The case was investigated by the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. David Washington, 55, was appointed his brother’s fiduciary to receive and manage benefits from the … Continue reading West Virginia News: Huntington Man, David Washington Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Brother’s Veteran’s Benefits

West Virginia News: HUNTINGTON, Two Branchland Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firearms Thefts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two Branchland men who were responsible for thefts of firearms from a Barboursville pawn shop were sentenced to federal prison yesterday, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Robert Lee Reid, 23, who previously entered guilty pleas to three counts of theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and an additional … Continue reading West Virginia News: HUNTINGTON, Two Branchland Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firearms Thefts

WEST VIRGINIA News: Tyler County man, Charles C. Williamson sentenced to more than 10 years for selling methamphetamine

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles C. Williamson, of Sistersville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 121 months incarceration for methamphetamine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Williamson, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Methamphetamine” in July 2018. Williamson admitted to selling methamphetamine in November of 2017 in … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Tyler County man, Charles C. Williamson sentenced to more than 10 years for selling methamphetamine

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Project Charleston, Investigation Into Drug Trafficking on Charleston’s West Side Nets Several Arrests and Seizure of Large Quantities of Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamine

Charleston and Akron Drug Network Shut Down CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced several arrests today of drug traffickers operating between Charleston, West Virginia, and Akron, Ohio. The multi-state Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) is responsible for distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine. Joining United States Attorney Stuart in the announcement … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Project Charleston, Investigation Into Drug Trafficking on Charleston’s West Side Nets Several Arrests and Seizure of Large Quantities of Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamine

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Media Advisory – United States Attorney Mike Stuart and Law Enforcement Partners to Hold Press Conference Today

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart will hold a press conference today, Monday, November 5, at 10:30am, to discuss significant law enforcement actions. WHO: United States Attorney Mike Stuart, Southern District of West Virginia Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Gourley, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief Steve Cooper, Charleston Police Department Chief Deputy … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Media Advisory – United States Attorney Mike Stuart and Law Enforcement Partners to Hold Press Conference Today

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux, Local physician placed under supervision and will pay restitution

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux, Jr., a physician associated with a pain management clinic in McMechen, West Virginia, will pay more than $28,000 in restitution as a part of an agreement, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. The United States filed a pre-trial diversion agreement as a part of a motion to … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux, Local physician placed under supervision and will pay restitution

WEST VIRGINIA News: CLARKSBURG, Statement on the death of James “Whitey” Bulger

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – The United States Attorney’s Office and the FBI are investigating the death of James Bulger as a homicide. To protect the integrity of the investigation, no further details will be released at this time. SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.