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Barboursville Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Barboursville woman pled guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Elizabeth Powers, 29, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging her with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.  The Kenova Police Department conducted the investigation.  

“The highway interdiction efforts of our law enforcement partners keep a significant amount of illicit drugs from ever making it into our communities,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “I applaud the officers who do this dangerous but vital work.”  

Powers admitted that on June 14, 2018, she was pulled over on I-64 in Wayne County.  Officers found a black bag in her vehicle that contained one kilogram of cocaine.   She told officers she intended to sell the cocaine for money.

Powers faces between five and forty years in prison when she is sentenced on June 3, 2019.

The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.


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Updated February 25, 2019

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