UPDATE: 33 people named in two federal indictments after methamphetamine roundup in Harrison County

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UPDATE (9/21/18 at 5 p.m.):

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has unsealed two indictments charging 33 people with distributing methamphetamine in Harrison County and surrounding areas.

Nineteen individuals were named in a 40-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from the fall of 2017 to September 2018.

The following people are listed in that indictment:

– Kedric Pearson, 34, of Waynesboro, Miss.

– Paul Casto, 55, of Clarksburg

– Stormy Hawkins, 25, of Clarksburg

– William Koch, 33, of Anmoore

– Jacob Wright, 36, of West Union

– Donald Hickman, Jr., 43, of Reynoldsville

– Cody Boley, 24, of Wallace

– Byron Higginbotham, 36, of Clarksburg

– Jodi Denkenberger, 28, of Mount Clare

– Erica Herron, 37, of Clarksburg

– David Weaver, 33, of Clarksburg

– Taylor Espinoza, 21, of Bridgeport

– Stephen Richards, 40, of Fairmont

– Solomon Cottrill, 32, of Salem

– Nathan Crites, 34, of Clarksburg

– Russell Clark, 64, of Clarksburg

– Faith Martin, 20, of Shinnston

– Jesse Pack, 23, of Clarksburg

– Justin Jackson, 40, of Baltimore, Md.

In a separate case, fourteen individuals were named in a 27-count indictment alleging that they conspired with one another to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from October 2017 to September 2018.

The following people are listed in that indictment:

– Juwan Floyd, 26, of Tallahassee, Fl.

– Khareem Sampson, 29, of Morgantown

– Ramiro Pimentel, Jr., 31, of Clarksburg

– Kelly Wright, 36, of West Union

– Teressa Hall, 33, of Bristol

– Nicholle Knotts, 24, of Philippi

– Chance Ward, 19, of Buckhannon

– Ashley Wagner, 27, of Clarksburg

– Brittany Miles, 28, of Clarksburg

– Brandon Mays, 30, of Fairmont

– Joshua Langbien, 28, of Buckhannon

– Ann Marie Stankus, 24, of Buckhannon

– Rodney Rowan, 23, of Buckhannon

– Chris Conley, 35, of Clarksburg

Of the 33 above-named individuals, 25 have been arrested. Authorities are still searching for Donald Hickman, Faith Martin, William Koch, Erica Herron, Ashley Wagner, Russell Clark, Jesse Pack, Nicholle Knotts and Kedric Pearson. 

Four vehicles, a house on Winding Way in Clarksburg, more than $33,000 and 15 firearms have been seized has part of the investigation. 

“Drug dealers with guns are violent criminals who pose an increased threat to the safety of our communities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey of the Louisville Field Division. “ATF and our local partners will aggressively investigate, arrest and pursue prosecution of these offenders.”


ORIGINAL:

Authorities have arrested more than 30 people and are hoping to bring a total of 50 into custody, Thursday, after a Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force drug investigation.

Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker said methamphetamine is the main drug many are being arrested and charged for but that other drugs are involved, as well. 

Walker said the task force has been working on this investigation for at least six months.

Guns, drugs and money have been seized as authorities continue to make the arrests Thursday.

The arrests were made based on indictments from both federal and state courts, Walker said.  The 50 individuals will face more than 60 charges.

Some of the arrests may be made outside on West Virginia, according to Walker.

Those that have been picked up so far are being arraigned in federal and county magistrate courts.

The Clarksburg Police Department, Bridgeport Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, the ATF, DEA and treasury officials assisted the task force.

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