An investigation conducted by the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, has led to a federal indictment being returned recently in Elkins, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.
Nicole Bennett, 33 of Clarksburg, was charged with one count of intentional harassment to dissuade another person from assisting in criminal prosecution and one count of making materially false statements and representations. According to the news release, Bennett is currently in custody and faces up to three years in prison on the harassment charge and up to five years in prison on the false statement charge if convicted.
In seven separate cases, indictments were returned against 10 people, according to the news release.
Robert Vaughn Barnette, II, 28 of Weston, and Matthew Paul Sellers, 25 of Annapolis, Maryland, 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 Seller faces a total of 10 counts, according to the news release.
Timothy Allen Hawks, 20; Elizabeth Christine Sampsell, 42; Courtney Lee Knight, 30; and Cynthia Marie Taylor, 28; all of Moorefield, were named in a 14-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine, according to the news release. 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.
Jose Francisco Ramirez, 26 of Moorefield, was named in a nine-count indictment, charging him with eight methamphetamine-related charged and one count of reentry of previously deport alien, according to the news release.
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, according to the news release.
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, according to the news release.
Daniel Joseph Hanst, 27; Brandi Renee Smith, 26; Lisa Nicole Smith, 24; and Anthony Williams Ours, 32, all of Fairmont, were named in a 74-count indictment, charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine. According to the news release, Hanst faces a total of 34 counts; Brandi Smith faces a total of 27 counts; Lisa Smith faces a total of 11 counts; and Ours faces a total of seven counts.