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Two Plead Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that two defendants pled guilty to federal drug charges before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.  Darla Reed, 39, of Alderson, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine.  Jacqueline Pauley, 29, of Sophia, pled guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

“Unfortunately, meth seems to be the drug of choice throughout much of southern West Virginia,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Drug task forces are working closely with us to get meth dealers off the streets.”

Reed admitted that on June 13, 2018, she used text messages to arrange to purchase an ounce of methamphetamine from Jacqueline Pauley and another person.  Later, Pauley and the other person met Reed in Sam Black Church in Greenbrier County, where Pauley distributed about an ounce of methamphetamine to Reed.  Reed was immediately stopped by police and admitted that she intended to sell some of the methamphetamine that she had just purchased from Pauley.   Pauley admitted that she had helped set up and complete the deal with Reed. 

Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on March 6, 2019.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution.


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Updated November 20, 2018

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