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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 24, 2015

Three convicted of heroin, painkiller trafficking

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Three individuals were convicted today of heroin and prescription painkiller trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Sandra Elizabeth Gibbins, 58, of Moorefield, West Virginia, Richard Dean Gibson, 31, of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Autumn Lyn Forbeck, 24, of Cumberland, Maryland, conspired to possess and sell heroin and prescription painkillers in Grant County, West Virginia throughout 2014 and 2015.

Gibbins and Gibson each pled guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin” and Forbeck pled guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.” They each face up to 20 years in prison 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 defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Stein prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 8, 2016