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
September 22, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Three Arrested on Heroin Charges
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three individuals were arrested late last week on federal arrest warrants stemming from charges contained in a sealed Indictment returned by the Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that STEPHEN RANDALL SMITH, age 51, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; TIMOTHY LEE BURCHETTE, age 43, of Ranson, West Virginia; and HEATHER RAE QUASHNIE, age 21, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, were arrested on charges contained in a six-count heroin Indictment. SMITH, BURCHETTE, and QUASHNIE were named in Count One of the Indictment alleging that they conspired to distribute in excess of 100 grams of heroin from September 2008 to September 2009 in the Northern District of West Virginia and elsewhere.
Count Two of the Indictment alleges that SMITH and BURCHETTE, aided and abetted by each other, distributed heroin on June 15, 2009, in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Count Three of the Indictment alleges that SMITH and BURCHETTE, aided and abetted by each other, possessed heroin with the intent to distribute on June 15, 2009, in Charles Town.
Count Four of the Indictment alleges that SMITH distributed heroin on June 19, 2009, in Inwood, West Virginia.
Count Five of the Indictment alleges that QUASHNIE possessed heroin with the intent to distribute on June 23, 2009, in Spring Mills, West Virginia.
Count Six of the Indictment alleges that QUASHNIE possessed with intent to distribute Methylenedioxymethamphetamine Hydrochloride (MDMA) on June 23, 2009, in Spring Mills.
If convicted, the defendants face a statutory penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on Count One of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each remaining count of the Indictment.
The defendants, who are currently in custody, will have detention hearings this morning.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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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