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Federal Grand Jury in Clarksburg Hands Up 20 Indictments

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A federal grand jury sitting in Clarksburg returned a 48-count indictment this week.

Devon Johnson, 25 of McKees Rocks, Pa.; Rayson Brown, 22 of West Homestead, Pa.; Gregory Morris, 30 of West Mifflin, Pa.; Charles E. Jefferson, Jr., 25 of Westover; Mahmoud Fares Abulaban, 24 of Morgantown; Anthony Michael Fata, 24 of Morgantown; Jacob White, 25; Eric Sneed, 24; Bartley Jefferson, 22 of Morgantown; Christina Shaffer, 27 of Morgantown; Brittany Bower, 26 of Morgantown; Angela Nelson, 33; Farrah Echard, 24 of Reedsville; Ben Phares, 26 of Kingwood; Greg Williams, 40; Wright Bowen, 31; William A. Blosser, 29 of Morgantown; and Jason Hunt, 31 of Core, were all charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine from the summer of 2010 to the spring of 2013 in Monongalia County, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Officials said Bartley faces a total of seven counts; Johnson, Morris, Charles Jefferson, Abulaban, White and Bowen face a total of six counts; Sneed and Blosser face a total of four counts; Shaffer, Bower, Nelson and Phares face three counts; and Brown, Fata, Echard, Williams and Hunt face two counts.

Other charges include distribution of heroin and cocaine and the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of WVU, Brookhaven Elementary School, Tot Lot playground at Marjorie Gardens, Star City playground and W.Va. Junior College, officials said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is seeking to forfeit $1,551, which constitutes proceeds obtained from the illegal activity.

All 18 people face up to five years on the conspiracy charge; 20 years on the distribution charges and up to 40 years on the sales that occurred near a protected location, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

John George Chambers, 62 of Clarksburg, was also indicted this week. Chambers faces one count of possession of child pornography in 2012 in Harrison County. Chambers' indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, where the U.S. seeks to forfeit the computer, hard drives and disks seized from Chambers in 2012, officials said.

Chambers faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Finally, Franklin C. Moore, 43 of Precious, W.Va., was also indicted this week. Moore faces one count of felon in possession of a firearm in 2013 in Taylor County.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, where the U.S. seeks to forfeit the firearm. Officials said Moore faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.