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Tyler County woman convicted in methamphetamine manufacturing operation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Kate Lynn Baker, 20, of Friendly, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court for her role in manufacturing methamphetamine, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Baker was one of six individuals charged in a 19-count federal indictment in June 2015. Baker was discovered in Wetzel County, West Virginia in possession of matches and pseudoephedrine, both commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Baker pled guilty to a criminal Information charging her with one count of “Possession of Materials to be used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” She faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Pleasants Count Sheriff’s Department investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

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