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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Two West Virginia residents sentenced for methamphetamine distribution

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Two individuals were sentenced today for their participation in a methamphetamine distribution operation that spanned two states and three North West Virginia counties, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

The indictment alleged that 20 individuals from Virginia and West Virginia conspired with one another to operate a methamphetamine distribution ring in the region. Two were sentenced today in federal court.

Geniece Pancake, 36, of Belington, West Virginia was sentenced today to 120 months incarceration for assisting in the methamphetamine distribution operation. Pancake pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” in January 2017.

David Maxwell, 32, of Elkins, West Virginia was sentenced today to 34 months for methamphetamine distribution. Maxwell pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” in January 2017. Maxwell sold crystal meth in Randolph County in April 2015.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 1, 2017