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Randolph County woman admits to drug distribution

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Kelsey Rae Sylvester, of Elkins, West Virginia, has admitted to maintaining a drug house, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Sylvester, age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises.” Sylvester admitted to allowing others to use her home at 461 Wilson Street in Elkins to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. The crime occurred from January to March 2017.

Sylvester faces at least five years and up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $500,000. 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 Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michel John Aloi presided.

Updated February 22, 2019

Drug Trafficking