Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

You are here

Justice News

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mineral County woman admits to drug distribution charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Keyser, West Virginia woman has admitted to a drug distribution charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Autumn Breann Ward, age 34, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Heroin.” Ward admitted to selling heroin in August 2016 in Mineral County.

Ward faces 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. 

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Lydia Lehman, also with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated. 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 14, 2018