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Ohio Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An Ohio woman pled guilty today to possessing a quantity of methamphetamine in relation to drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Danielle Seagraves pled guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“Collaborative and proactive law enforcement efforts are keeping significant amounts of dangerous drugs off our streets,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “And it is only by prosecuting cases like this that we can hold the poison peddlers accountable.”

Seagraves admitted that on April 18, 2017, she had in her possession approximately 33 grams of methamphetamine that she intended to sell to individuals in and around Ripley, West Virginia. Before she could complete any drug transaction, officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested Seagraves and seized the methamphetamine. Seagraves’ arrest was part of a successful far-reaching April 2017 inter-agency investigation and sweep that ultimately resulted in the arrest of thirteen individuals, eight of whom were charged with meth-related offenses. The investigation into these individuals focused on methamphetamine that was being brought from Ohio into Jackson County, West Virginia. That investigation removed an estimated $320,000 worth of methamphetamine from the community.

Seagraves faces up twenty years in prison when sentenced on April 6, 2020. Seagraves is currently serving a multi-year state prison term in Ohio for drug-related activity.

The Jackson County Bureau of Investigation, comprised of deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and officers with the Ravenswood and Ripley Police Departments, worked closely with the West Virginia State Police, the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, and the DEA, to conduct the investigation.  United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorneys Kristin F. Scott and Erik S. Goes are handling the prosecution.


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Updated January 13, 2020

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