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Grant County woman admits to drug charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Melissa Dawn Bailey, of Cabins, West Virginia, has admitted today to a drug charge, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Bailey, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Bailey admitted to selling methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth,” in June 2020 in Grant County.

Bailey faces up to 20 years of incarceration 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 Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Moorefield Police Department investigated. The task force consists of the FBI, the West Virginia State Police, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keyser Police Department. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 14, 2021

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