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Pennsylvania and West Virginia residents indicted for heroin distribution operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jalisa L. Hawkins, of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, appeared this week before a federal magistrate judge to face charges involving a heroin distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Hawkins is one of nine named defendants facing heroin distribution charges after being indicted on March 6, 2018 by a federal grand jury sitting in Clarksburg. Those named in the 20-count indictment include:

  • Jalisa L. Hawkins, also known as “Ashley,” age 28, of Duquesne, Pennsylvania
  • Chad Juan M. Neal, also known as “CJ,” age 24, of Duquesne, Pennsylvania
  • Hunter Queen, age 22, of Nutter Fort, West Virginia
  • Alexander D. Barnett, age 23, of Flemington, West Virginia
  • David W. Lipscomb, age 35, of Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Stephen R. Mitchell, Jr., age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Alexandra D. Coffman Mitchell, also known as “Alli,” age 25, of Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • David C. Chalfant, age 25, of Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Brian K. Griffey, age 48, of Monongah, West Virginia

The indictment charges each of the defendants with conspiring to distribute heroin in Harrison County, West Virginia and elsewhere from January 2016 to May 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci M. Cook is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated May 9, 2018

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