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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 6, 2015

Two Upshur County residents convicted of methamphetamine trafficking

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Arwen Tinuviel Palmer, 35, and Dustin Lynn Phillips, 33, both of Buckhannon, West Virginia, were convicted today of methamphetamine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Palmer and Phillips each possessed and distributed methamphetamine in Upshur County, West Virginia throughout 2014.

Both defendants pled guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – Aiding and Abetting.” They each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. 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 Stephen Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force led the investigation.

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

Updated January 8, 2016