OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
February 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Arrested on Meth-Related Charges
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals were arrested on February 23, 2009, on charges contained in an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia, on February 18, 2009.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that THOMAS SHIPLEY, age 34, of Buckhannon, West Virginia; and DANIELLE LYNN PICKENS, age 20, of Upshur County, West Virginia, were named in a 26-count Indictment containing meth-related charges.
Count One of the Indictment alleges that SHIPLEY and PICKENS conspired to possess chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine from the Spring of 2008 to January of 2009 in Upshur County, West Virginia, and elsewhere.
SHIPLEY was named in 13 additional counts of the Indictment. Counts Three, Seven, Twelve, Fourteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen, Twenty-One, Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, and Twenty-Six of the Indictment allege that SHIPLEY possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on 13 occasions between August 21, 2008, and January 30, 2009, in Harrison County, Marion County, and Monongalia County.
PICKENS was named in 12 additional counts of the Indictment. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that PICKENS possessed 10 cans of starting fluid which could be used to manufacture methamphetamine on December 18, 2008, in Upshur County. Counts, Four, Five, Six, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Thirteen, Fifteen, Nineteen, and Twenty of the Indictment allege that PICKENS possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on 11 occasions between November 20, 2008, and January 29, 2009, in Harrison County, Lewis County, Marion County, and Monongalia County.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 each on Counts One and Two of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each of the remaining counts of the Indictment.
SHIPLEY and PICKENS had their initial appearances on February 23, 2009. They were detained pending detention hearings to be held today (February 26, 2009) before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.
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 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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