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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 20, 2017

Five charged with narcotics and firearms charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia, returned four indictments charging five individuals with various narcotics and firearms charges, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Richard Star Haggarty, 37, of Albright, West Virginia, was charged with two counts of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the firearm charges and up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the methamphetamine charge.

Chad Aric Berry, 29, of Ranson, West Virginia, was charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Gregory Keith Clinton, 56, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, was charged with one count of “Armed Career Criminal Act.” He faces up to fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Kelvin Johnson, 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, was charged with one count of “Distribution of Heroin,” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.” He faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Sykebia Stewart, 23, of Dundalk, Maryland, was charged with one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.” She faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. Warner is handling the Haggarty case on behalf of the government and the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the United States Marshals Service are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins is handling the Berry case on behalf of the government and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski is handling the Clinton, Johnson, and Stewart cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the Clinton case. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is investigating the Johnson and Stewart case.
 
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated January 20, 2017