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Cross Lanes Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Cross Lanes woman pled guilty to a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Brandi Martin, 35,  pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine.

“Although Martin attempted to flush evidence down the toilet, the only thing she was successful at flushing was her freedom,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “She now faces significant time – up to 40 years – in federal prison.”

On January 25, 2018, law enforcement intercepted a package of approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine headed for Martin’s address.  On January 26, 2018, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Martin’s residence.  Officers executed the warrant and found Martin as she was attempting to flush 19 grams of cocaine, 73 grams of methamphetamine, and heroin.  These drugs were recovered from the toilet and were sent to the DEA Mid-Atlantic Lab for forensic analysis.  They analyzed the drugs and confirmed their substance and purity.  The methamphetamine proved to be 96% pure.  Ultimately, Martin admitted that she intended to distribute the methamphetamine she was attempting to flush.  Two handguns were also recovered from her residence. 

Martin has a previous federal felony conviction for the distribution of cocaine.  She faces up to 40 years in prison when sentenced on June 15, 2020.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney L. Alexander Hamner is handling the prosecution.


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Updated February 11, 2020

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