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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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February 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Jury Indicts Four Individuals

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - Four individuals were named in two Indictments returned on February 22, 2012, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

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

LAWRENCE AMBROSE ROWE, age 31, of Moorefield, West Virginia; CHRISTINA JANE LEVIN, age 24, of Augusta, West Virginia; and, JOSHUA ERIC SPERLING, age 33, of Moorefield, were named in a 40-count Indictment.

Count One alleges that ROWE, LEVIN and SPERLING conspired to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine from the Summer of 2011 to December 1, 2011, in the Northern District of West Virginia.

ROWE, LEVIN and SPERLING are also named in Count Two charging them with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on December 1, 2011, in Grant County, West Virginia.

ROWE is named in Count Three charging him with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on December 6, 2011, in Hardy County, West Virginia.

LEVIN is named in Counts Four through Eleven charging her with possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

SPERLING is named in Counts Twelve through Twenty-Four charging him with possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

ROWE is named in Counts Twenty-Five through Forty charging him with possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on the conspiracy charge; 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of materials charges; and, 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of pseudoephedrine charges.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by the United States Forest Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police and the Petersburg Police Dept.

THOMAS WILLIAMS a/k/a “T-DOT,” age 24, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with the possession with intent to distribute cocaine HCL on March 3, 2010, in Harrison County. If convicted, WILLIAMS faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Harrison County Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bridgeport Police 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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