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Wood County Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Charges

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Vienna woman pled guilty to gun and drug charges,  announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Ally Rhiann Propst, 25, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by an unlawful drug user.

“Federal law prohibits unlawful drug users from possessing firearms,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Drugs and guns are a dangerous combination.  We enforce our gun laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

Propst admitted that on March 6, 2018 she possessed a Glock 9mm pistol that she had obtained from a Parkersburg pawn shop.  Propst’s possession of that weapon was illegal due to her addiction to heroin.  She further admitted that a year later, on March 1, 2019, she possessed approximately 20 grams of heroin she intended to distribute at her Vienna residence.   

Propst faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced on January 16, 2020.

The Parkersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.   United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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Updated October 24, 2019

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