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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Three Individuals Convicted On Drug Charges


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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Four individuals entered pleas of guilty before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull on drug-related charges.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

JASON DWIGHT MACKENZIE, age 33, of Elkins, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Buprenorphine.” MACKENZIE, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld.

KEITH ALLEN POTEETE, age 48, of Elkins, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Buprenorphine within 1,000 feet of the Davis Street Park Playground.” POTEETE, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

These two cases were the result of the work of the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Forest Service, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Tucker County Sheriff’s Department and the DEA, assisted by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad.

DENNIS LYNN SMITH, age 56, of Upper Tract, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premise” for the purpose of storing, manufacturing and using methamphetamine. SMITH, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

Updated January 7, 2015