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6 People Named in Indictments Returned by Elkins Federal Grand Jury

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Six people were named in four indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury in Elkins on Tuesday, October 16, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.

Archie Ray Arbogast, 36 of Dunmoore, W.Va., was named in a two-count indictment charging him with one count of possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on September 25, 2012 in Randolph County.

If convicted, Arbogast faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 on each count. Officials said this case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service.

Velair Von Collins, II, 42 of Elkins, was named in a three-count indictment, charging him with one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise in September of 2012, in Randolph County and one count of use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime on September 4, 2012.

Officials said the indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation wherein the U.S. seeks to forfeit firearms and ammunition seized from Collins' residence on September 4, 2012.

If convicted, Collins faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine on the maintaining a residence charge; up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the possession of materials charge; and 5 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine on the firearms charge, according to the news release.

Daniel Ray Phares, 43 of Elkins, was named in a four-count indictment, charging him with one count of Manufacturing marijuana; one count of felon in possession of a firearm; one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; and one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin on March 27, 2012 in Randolph County.

Officials said the indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation wherein the U.S. seeks to forfeit $950.01 in US currency, a firearm and ammunition proceeds obtained as a result of drug activity.

If convicted, Phares faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine on the marijuana charge; 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the firearms charge; and 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each of the drug possession charges, according to the news release.

Collins' and Phares' cases were investigated by the Elkins Police Department.

Steven B. Miller, 39 of Dryfork, W.Va.; Shalae Brooke Studer, 21 of Elkins; and Brian Keith Hammer, 51 of Elkins, were named in an eight-count indictment.

Count one charges Miller, Studer and Hammer with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine from February 27, 2012 to June 4, 2012, in Randolph County, officials said.

Count two, three, and four charge Miller with possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on May 3, May 20, and May 28, 2012, according to the news release.

Officials said five charges Studer with possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on June 3, 2012.

Count six charges Hammer with possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on June 3, 2012, according to the news release.

Count seven charges Studer and Hammer with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on June 3, 2012.

Officials said count eight charges Miller with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on June 4, 2012.

If convicted, Miller, Studer and Hammer face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine as to each of counts one; 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine as to each of counts two through six; and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine as to each of counts seven and eight, according to the news release.

This case was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff's Department.

Officials said these cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.