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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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June 7, 2012

Three Individuals Enter Pleas of Guilty
in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three individuals entered pleas of guilty this week, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

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

MATTHEW ALLEN FORINASH, age 31, of Arcadia, Florida and JUSTIN KROLL, age 27, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, both entered pleas of guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone from June to August of 2010, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. As part of the conspiracy, KROLL would receive several packages through the United States mail from Florida to Clarksburg containing pills sent by FORINASH. FORINASH and KROLL, who are free on bond pending sentencing, face a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Clarksburg Police Department.

DARL E. VANMETER, age 39, of Petersburg, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on February 9, 2012, in Grant County, West Virginia. VANMETER, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Department, the Monongahela National Forest/Law Enforcement and Investigations and the West Virginia State Police.

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