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Two Charleston Women Sentenced to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Distribution

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Charleston women were sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine distribution, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Miranda Brandon, 38, of Charleston was sentenced to 138 months in prison for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Sherry Gray, 57, of Charleston was sentenced to 109 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Brandon will also serve a term of at least five years of supervised release upon her release from prison, and Gray will serve a term of at least three years of supervised release. 

“An incredible amount of meth and other drugs, and guns – all in a drug house on Charleston’s West Side,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Long prison sentences well earned.”

Brandon and Gray previously admitted that in August and September 2018 they delivered drugs and collected money at the direction of Eugene Calvin Wells.  They also admitted helping Wells to distribute approximately six ounces of methamphetamine to an informant working for the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force during several transactions occurring in Kanawha County.  On September 28, 2018, the DEA executed a search warrant at Brandon and Gray’s residence on Ferguson Avenue in Charleston that Wells used to store and sell drugs.  Agents seized more than 565 grams of heroin, 22 grams of fentanyl, 505 grams of methamphetamine, 600 grams of pentedrone, a synthetic controlled substance, three firearms and approximately $3,053.  On the same day, DEA agents searched Wells’ residence in Akron, Ohio and seized more than 400 grams of heroin, seven firearms, and approximately $8,080.  Wells pled guilty April 25, 2019 resolving federal charges brought both in the Southern District of West Virginia and in the Northern District of Ohio.  He faces a mandatory ten years to life in prison when he is sentenced on October 7, 2019.

The DEA Task Force conducted the investigation.   United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks and former Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Davis handled the prosecution.


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Updated August 27, 2019

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