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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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April 7, 2014

Drug Indictments returned by
Federal Grand Jury in Wheeling

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A federal grand jury has returned indictments against alleged drug dealers from throughout the Ohio Valley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that five indictments naming seven defendants were returned alleging the sale of heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana. The charges were brought by area drug task forces that receive federal funding from the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) initiative.

According to Ihlenfeld, the following individuals were charged by the grand jury:


MARCEL D. WEAVER and HOLLY D. KEYES were charged in an eight count indictment with the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Chester, West Virginia in late 2013. WEAVER, age 29 of East Liverpool, Ohio, and KEYES, age 26 of Chester, are also alleged to have maintained a drug-involved premise. The investigation began due to a tip from the Youngstown, Ohio, office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

WEAVER and KEYES face up to forty years in prison, a $2 million fine, and six years of supervised release. This case was investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.


JAMES J. CARNEY, 22 years old, of Moundsville, was charged with five counts of distributing heroin near protected locations in Marshall County in late 2013. It is alleged that CARNEY sold heroin to a confidential informant within 1000 feet of Moundsville Central Elementary School on four occasions, and with making a fifth sale outside of a Moundsville restaurant. CARNEY faces up to forty years in prison, a $2 million fine, and six years of supervised release.


GLENN A. MILLER, age 37, and AMANDA M. BARKER, age 25, both of Moundsville, are charged with the distribution of oxycodone and Alprazolam near protected locations in Marshall County in 2012. MILLER and BARKER each face up to forty years in prison, up to a $2 million fine, and six years of supervised release.


DESIREE N. BURGE, age 30 of Moundsville, was charged with one count of distribution of oxycodone in 2013. BURGE faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and at least three years of supervised release.

The CARNEY, MILLER, BARKER, and BURGE cases were investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.


NELDA K. WHITE, age 54, of Hundred, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment charging her with “Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana” and “Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also seeking to forfeit $23,500 which was seized in January as part of the investigation. WHITE faces up to 5 years in prison on each of the charges.

These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., Randolph J. Bernard, and Stephen L. Vogrin.

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