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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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August 12, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Grand Jury Indicts Six Individuals

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - Six individuals were named in four Indictments returned today (August 12, 2009) by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:

❶ JEREMY BROWN, age 34, and BRUCE ALAN DAVIDSON, JR., age 29, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, were named in a 30-count Superseding Indictment. Count One of the Superseding Indictment charges them with conspiring to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from the Fall of 2005 to June 2009 in Upshur County, West Virginia, and elsewhere.

BROWN was named in three additional counts. BROWN is charged with two counts of possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

DAVIDSON was named in 26 additional counts. DAVIDSON is charged with two counts of possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and 23 counts of possession of pseudoephedrine to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $4,000,000 on the conspiracy count; a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of material counts; and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of pseudoephedrine counts. PRESS RELEASE

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Upshur County Sheriffs Department.

❷ DANIEL ALFRED CORICA, age 49, of Elkins, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that CORICA possessed with intent to distribute marijuana on November 28, 2006, in Randolph County. The Indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation wherein the United States seeks to any property constituting or derived from any Controlled Substance Act offense alleged in the Indictment.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police, Elkins Detachment.

❸ PAUL G. HIMES, age 25, of Elkins, West Virginia, was named in a four-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that HIMES knowingly possessed stolen firearms on December 2, 2008; December 3, 2008; and on two occasions on December 4, 2008, in Elkins, West Virginia.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police, Elkins Detachment.

❹TOBIAS LYNN BENNETT, age 35, and WESLEY A. MAYES, age 30, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, were named in a four-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that BENNETT and MAYES conspired to possess equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine from July 31, 2008, to July 23, 2009, in the Upshur Co., West Virginia, area.

BENNETT was named in three additional counts. BENNETT is charged with two counts of possession of equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine on July 21 2008, and July 23, 2008, in Upshur County and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine on July 23, 2008, in Upshur County.

MAYES was named in two additional counts. MAYES is charged with one count of possession of equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine on July 23, 2008, in Upshur County and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine on July 23, 2008, in Upshur County.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the conspiracy count and each of the possession of equipment and chemicals chargess; and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of pseudoephedrine count.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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