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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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September 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Upshur County Residents Entered Guilty Pleas
to Methamphetamine Charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Five Uphsur County, West Virginia, residents entered guilty pleas on September 13 and 14, 2010, in United States District Court in Elkins before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that DANIELLE BENNETT, age 21; TAMMI M. BISE, age 29; and DOYLE J. LANTZ, age 48, each entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging them with aiding and abetting in the possession of a chemical, product, and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the intent to facilitate the manufacture of methamphetamine on May 27, 2010, in Uphsur County. In addition, LANTZ, who was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance, also entered a plea of guilty to one count charging him with unlawfully possessing eight firearms and ammunition, all of which had been shipped in interstate commerce, on May 27, 2010, in Upshur County.

KEVIN J. COWGER, age 35, entered a plea of guilty to one count of possessing a chemical, product, and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the intent to facilitate the manufacture of methamphetamine on May 7, 2010, in Uphsur County.

FLOYD M. EDWARDS, III, entered a plea of guilty to one count of possessing pseudoephedrine knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 17, 2010, in Uphsur County.

BISE, COWGER, and LANTZ are currently in custody; and BENNETT and EDWARDS are currently free on bond. The defendants each face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the methamphetamine charges; EDWARDS faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of pseudoephedrine charge; and LANTZ faces an additional maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the firearms charge.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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