2 West Virginia women plead guilty to drug charges in U.S. District Court

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Two West Virginia women pleaded guilty to drug charges in U.S. District Court, the U.S Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Carissa Moore, 27, of Morgantown admitted to her role in a drug distribution operation, attorneys announced. Moore pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a communication facility. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Moore admitted to using a phone to distribute and conspire to distribute a controlled substance in Monongalia County in April 2018.

Moore faces up to four years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000, the U.S Attorney’s Office said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrest of Moore.

Ann Marie Stankus, 24, of Buckhannon admitted to distributing methamphetamine with another person in Upshur County in December 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Attorneys said Stankus pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Stankus faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrest of Stankus.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentences imposed on both women will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants. 

Both investigations were funded in part by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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