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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 24, 2014

Two Sentenced For Selling Heroin Near Local Park


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Stonewood, West Virginia residents were sentenced today for distributing heroin near a Harrison County park, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Matthew Vanhorn, 28, and Megan Counts, 24, were discovered in February 2013 selling heroin near the Stonewood City Park. They each pled guilty in January 2014 to one count of "Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin within 1000’ of a Protected Location."

Vanhorn was sentenced today to 63 months in prison with credit for time served since October 2013. Counts was sentenced today to 46 months in prison with credit for time served since May 2014. She will also forfeit $5,221.00.

Additionally, Charles Counts, father of Megan Counts, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for selling Ecstasy near the Oakmound Apartments in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Charles Counts, 43, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia, pled guilty in January 2014 to one count of “Distribution of MDMA within 1000’ of a Protected Location.” He will also forfeit $5,221.00.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 7, 2015