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20 people indicted after drug investigation in Ritchie County

HARRISVILLE, W.Va. - The Ritchie County Prosecutor's Office unsealed 20 indictments Monday morning after a drug investigation in the county.

A joint drug investigation between the Ritchie County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police led to the indictments, according to Ritchie County Prosecuting Attorney Samuel Rogers, II. 

Although not all of the indictments and arrests were related, there are multiple people who were arrested as co-defendants. The names listed together are co-defendants, according to Rogers.

The following people were indicted on the following charges: 

- Angela Backus, 40, of Harrisville, is indicted on delivery of a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for illegal drug activity, delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school

- Roxanne Barnes, 25, of Pennsboro, and Rodney Travis, 25, of West Union, are each indicted on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school

- Nicholas Carroll, 26, of Pennsboro, Jason Lewis, 45, of Parkersburg, and Naughneva Savage, 24, of Harrisville, are each indicted on delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony. Savage is also indicted on an additional count of delivery of a controlled substance and an additional count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

- Cassidy Casto, 40, Quentin Cunningham, Jr., 46, and Bobbie Jo Meyer, 40, all of Harrisville, are each indicted on delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to commit a felony. Casto and Cunningham are also each indicted on an additional count of delivery of a controlled substance and an additional count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

- Douglas Dawson, 34, and Loretta Dawson, 54, both of Petroleum, and Brittany Montgomery, 23, of Pullman, are each indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Loretta Dawson and Montgomery are also each indicted on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. Also, Loretta Dawson is indicted on an additional count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of maintaining a dwelling for illegal drug activity.

- Christopher Finley, 36, of Pennsboro, is indicted on delivery of a controlled substance.

- Joseph Sams, 32, and Maggie Sams, 23, both of Smithville, are each indicted on delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, conspiracy to commit a felony and maintaining a dwelling for illegal drug activity.

- Kierstan Underwood, 21, of Cairo, is indicted on four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a count of obstructing an officer.

- Stacey Watkins, 31, of Parkersburg, is indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and two counts of maintaining a dwelling for illegal drug activity.

- Diane Williams, 42, and Stephanie Williams, 25, both of Harrisville, and Donald Lusk, 37, of West Union, are each indicted on delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony. Diane Williams is also indicted on an additional count of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and an additional count of conspiracy to commit a felony. Stephanie Williams is also indicted on delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.


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