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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 20, 2013

Greater Harrison Drug Task Force Investigations Lead To Indictments And Arrests Of Two Harrison County Residents On Drug Charges

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two Harrison County residents were arrested on September 20, 2013, pursuant to Indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury.

According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II:

EVAN MICHAEL SHAW, age 22, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, was named in a five-count Indictment charging him with two counts of “Distribution of Heroin,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin,” one count of “Distribution of Buprenorphine within 1,000 Feet of West Virginia Junior College,” and one count of “Distribution of Buprenorphine.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking to forfeit $906 in United States currency which constitutes proceeds obtained from the illegal activity as well as four cellular phones.

SHAW faces up to 20 years in prison on the three heroin distribution and possession charges, up to 10 years in prison on the buprenorphine distribution and up to 20 years in prison on the buprenorphine distribution within 1,000 feet WV Junior College charge.

MICHAEL JOHN LUTHER GRIFFIN, age 34, of Clarksburg, was named in an three-count Indictment charging him with two counts of “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of the North View Elementary School,” and one count of Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of the Oakmound Apartments.” GRIFFIN faces up to 40 years in prison on each charge.

GRIFFIN and SHAW appeared before Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert and were released on bond pending their arraignments scheduled for September 25, 2013, before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

The cases were investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force consists of officers from the Bridgeport Police Department; Clarksburg Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Postal Inspection Service; and, the United States Marshals Service. The cases will be prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan.

All of the charges contained in the above-referenced indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Updated January 7, 2015