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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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December 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Eight Individuals

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - Eight individuals were named in an Indictment returned on December 6, 2011, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

CHRISTOPHER M. ARBOGAST, age 20, of Tallmansville, West Virginia; RICHARD T. OLDAKER, age 54, of Buckhannon, West Virginia; THOMAS A. CARSON, age 27, of Buckhannon; ALEXIS R. TENNANT, age 25, of Buckhannon; RICHARD A. JARRETT, 42, of Buckhannon; ROGER G. GOODEN, II, age 25, of Tallmansville; BRITTANY H. ESQUER, age 21, of Tallmansville; and, DONNA J. BEATTY, age 46, of Buckhannon, were named in a 65-count Indictment.

Count One alleges that ARBOGAST, OLDAKER, CARSON, TENNANT, JARRETT, GOODEN, ESQUER and BEATTY conspired to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from April of 2011 to September 20, 2011, in the Northern District of West Virginia.

ARBOGAST is also named in one count charging with the possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on September 20, 2011, in Upshur County, West Virginia; six counts charging him with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 16, 2011, May 22, 2011, May 31, 2011, June 9, 2011, June 14, 2011, and July 5, 2011; and, one count charging him with the distribution of methamphetamine on September 11, 2011.

OLDAKER is also named in one count charging him with maintaining a drug-involved premise from April of 2011 to September 20, 2011, in Upshur County; one count charging him with the possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on September 20, 2011; and three counts charging him with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 10, 2011, August 16, 2011, and September 10, 2011.

CARSON is also named in fourteen counts charging him with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 8, 2011, April 16, 2011, April 29, 2011, May 22, 2011, May 26, 2011, May 31, 2011, June 23, 2011, June 27, 2011, July 21, 2011, August 5, 2011, August 16, 2011, August 19, 2011, August 29, 2011 and September 3, 2011; and, one count one count charging him with the distribution of methamphetamine on September 17, 2011.

TENNANT is also named in six counts charging her with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 8, 2011, April 16, 2011, April 29, 2011, May 23, 2011, May 26, 2011 and June 23, 2011.

JARRETT is also named in fifteen counts charging him with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 16, 2011, May 22, 2011, June 4, 2011, June 6, 2011, June 13, 2011, June 14, 2011, June 24, 2011, July 4, 2011, July 12, 2011, July 14, 2011, July 27, 2011, August 4, 2011, August 19, 2011, August 26, 2011, and September 3, 2011.

GOODEN is also named in two counts charging him with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 10, 2011 and September 6, 2011.

ESQUER is also named in five counts charging her with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on June 25, 2011, August 1, 2011, August 18, 2011, August 20, 2011 and September 2, 2011.

BEATTY is also named in eight counts charging her with the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on June 4, 2011, June 6, 2011, June 9, 2011, July 4, 2011, July 6, 2011, July 18, 2011, July 22, 2011, and August 24, 2011.

JARRETT appeared before Magistrate Kaull on December 19, 2011, and was released on bond pending arraignments on December 29, 2011.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 5 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 on the conspiracy charge, 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000 on the maintaining a drug-involved premise charge; 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of materials charges; 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of pseudoephedrine charges; and 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on the distribution charges.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and 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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