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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A New York man and two Monongalia County residents indicted on firearms conspiracy charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Three people are facing a charge involving an illegal firearms operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

The two men and one woman were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Elkins on March 6, 2018. The three are accused of being involved in a conspiracy that included making false statements to purchase firearms, trading firearms for controlled substances, and transporting and selling the firearms in New York. The crime is alleged to have occurred in Morgantown, Monongalia County and elsewhere from May 2017 to June 2017. 

Those charged with “Conspiracy to Violate Federal Firearms Laws” are:

•    Amanze Antoine, age 37, of Mt. Vernon, New York
•    Margaret Parker, age 33, of Dellslow, West Virginia
•    Tommy Calhoun, of Morgantown, West Virginia

Each defendant faces up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

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

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Updated April 17, 2018