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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Multiple Clarksburg, WV residents charged with heroin, cocaine trafficking

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned indictments today charging multiple Clarksburg, West Virginia residents with heroin and cocaine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Jason Grant, 30, Whitney M. Golden, 25, and Marcus McBride, 24, all of Clarksburg, West Virginia, are alleged to have repeatedly sold heroin near the Monticello Avenue Playground in Clarksburg throughout late 2014.

Grant is charged with:
 One count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
 Four counts of “Distribution of Heroin within 1000’ of a Protected Location.” He faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 on each count.
 One count of “Possession With Intent to Distribute Heroin within 1000’ of a Protected Location,” for which he faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00.
 One count of “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime,” for which he faces between five years and life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

Golden is charged with:
 One count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin,” for which she faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
 One count of “Distribution of Heroin within 1000’ of a Protected Location,” for which he faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00.
 One count of “Possession With Intent to Distribute Heroin within 1000’ of a Protected Location,” for which she faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00.

All three defendants are charged with one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises – Aiding and Abetting,” for which they each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.00.

Douglas Dustin Lish, 29, and Brittany Faith Hurst, 24, both of Clarksburg, West Virginia, allegedly sold heroin and cocaine throughout late 2014.

Both defendants are charged with:
 One count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin.” They each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
 One count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” They each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
 One count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises – Aiding and Abetting,” for which they each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.00.

Lish is further charged with:
 Three counts of “Distribution of Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 on each count.
 One count of “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime,” for which he faces between five years and life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
 One count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm,” for which he faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,00.00.
 One count of “Distribution of Cocaine,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Al-Teric Garrett, 23, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was allegedly involved in heroin and cocaine trafficking throughout 2014. He is charged with one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin Within 1000 Feet of a Protected Location” and two counts of “Distribution of Cocaine Base Within 1000 Feet of a Protected Location. He faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 on each of the three counts.

The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated all of the defendants. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in investigating Lish and Hurst.

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 defendants.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 13, 2015