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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Harrison County residents admit to roles in heroin distribution operation

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Clarksburg, West Virginia, woman and a Bridgeport, West Virginia man have admitted to their roles in a heroin distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Alexandra D. Coffman Mitchell, also known as “Ali,” age 25, pled guilty today to one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises – Aiding and Abetting.” Mitchell admitted to leasing or renting a place in Clarksburg to distribute heroin  in March 2016. 

David W. Lipscomb, age 35, pled guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.” Lipscomb admitted to selling heroin in Harrison County on March 15, 2016.

Mitchell is facing up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $500,000. Lipscomb is facing up to 20 years 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 Traci M. Cook is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 22, 2018