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Kanawha County Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a Kanawha County woman pled guilty to a federal drug charge in Charleston.  Stephanie Lawhorn, 39, from Belle, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana.

“121 grams of meth. 14 grams of fentanyl. 53 grams of marijuana. Over $9,000 in cash,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Lawhorn’s car was a rolling smorgasbord of powerful drugs  – an illegal smorgasbord – that we shut down.”

Lawhorn admitted that on September 27, 2018  law enforcement officers found her in possession of about 121 grams of methamphetamine, 14 grams of fentanyl, 53 grams of marijuana and $9,139 when they stopped the vehicle in which she was driving in Belle, West Virginia.  Lawhorn admitted to officers that she intended to sell the drugs.

She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on October 23, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Belle Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Arthur is handling the prosecution.  United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided at the plea hearing. 


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Updated July 31, 2019

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