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William J. Ihlenfeld, II
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October 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Six Individuals Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

 

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - Six individuals were named in four Indictments returned on October 16, 2012, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

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

ARCHIE RAY ARBOGAST, age 36, of Dunmoore, West Virginia, is named in a two- count Indictment charging him with one count of Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on September 25, 2012, in Randolph County, West Virginia. If convicted, ARBOGAST faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count. This case was investigated by the United States Forest Service.

VELAIR VON COLLINS, II, age 42, of Elkins, West Virginia, is named in a three- count Indictment. The Indictment charges COLLINS with one count of Maintaining a Drug- Involved Premise in September of 2012, in Randolph County and, one count of Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine and one count of Use of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime on September 4, 2012. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit firearms and ammunition seized from COLLINS’ residence on September 4, 2012. If convicted, COLLINS faces up to
20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine on the maintaining a residence charge; up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the possession of materials charge; and, 5 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on firearms charge.

DANIEL RAY PHARES, age 43, of Elkins, is named in a four-count Indictment. The Indictment charges COLLINS with one count of Manufacturing Marijuana; one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm; one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin on March
27, 2012, in Randolph County. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit $950.01 in US currency, a firearm and ammunition proceeds obtained as a result of drug activity. If convicted, PHARES faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine on the marijuana charge; 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the firearms charge; and 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on each of the drug possession charges.

These cases were investigated by the Elkins Police Department.

STEVEN B. MILLER a/k/a “PASCO,” age 39, of Dryfork, West Virginia; SHALAE BROOKE STUDER, age 21, of Elkins, and, BRIAN KEITH HAMMER, age 51, of Elkins, were named in an eight-count Indictment.

Count One charges MILLER, STUDER and HAMMER with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine from February 27, 2012, to June 4, 2012, in Randolph County. Counts Two, Three and Four charge MILLER with Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on May 3, May 20, and May 28, 2012. Count Five charges STUDER with Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on June 3, 2012. Count Six charges HAMMER with Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on June
3, 2012. Count Seven charges STUDER and HAMMER with Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on June 3, 2012. Count Eight charges MILLER with Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine on June 4, 2012. If convicted, MILLER, STUDER and HAMMER face up to 20 years imprisonment and a
$1,000,000 fine as to Count One, 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine as to each of Counts Two through Six; and, 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine as to each of Counts Seven and Eight.

This case was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.
These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. 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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