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Thirty People Indicted for Stolen Firearms and Methamphetamine Distribution Operation

The Free Press WV

Thirty people are facing federal charges after police broke up a scheme involving the theft and sale of firearms and drugs in Upshur County.

A federal grand jury indictment from August 29, 2017 has been unsealed, revealing 12 people from Upshur, Barbour, and Lewis counties, along with one person from Virginia named in a 20-count firearms indictment. The charges are connected to a period of less than one year, from October 2016 to August 2017.

  • Michael Lynn Lough, 32, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Timothy Glen Woods, 28, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Lisa Kay Knight, 24, Upshur, West Virginia
  • Dustin Cain Anderson, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Benjamin Tyler Nazelrod, 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, aka “McLain,” 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Aaron Matthew McLain, 36, Volga, West Virginia
  • Carla Denise Jones, 55, Volga, West Virginia
  • Bobby Ray Johnson, Jr., 27, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Roger Lee Clem, II, aka “Woody,” 30, Weston, West Virginia
  • Kimberly A. Warner, aka “Kimmie,” 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Danielle Paige Tanner, 22, Glen Allen, Virginia

The gun theft scheme led to the recovery of 100 out of 120 stolen firearms by law enforcement, according to Randolph J. Bernard, Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorneys Office.

The second indictment names 17 more people from Upshur, Lewis, Harrison, Marion, and Barbour counties in a 50-count indictment. Those listed stand accused of distributing methamphetamine in Upshur County from March 2016 to August 2017.

  • Amanda Me Bachman, aka “AB,” 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Rocky Douglas Idleman,, 38, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Thunderbolt Dean Whaley, 40, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Cassandra Tahj Riffle, aka “Cassie Hickman,” 31, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Melissa Ann Masuga, 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Elizabeth Ellen Golden, aka “Liz,” 42, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Steven Larry Harper, aka “Skip,” 39, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Brett Allen Reed, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Jerry Lee Stewart, Jr., 27, Weston, West Virginia
  • Angela Dawn White, 46, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Clarrisa Michelle Adkins, 24, Wallace, West Virginia
  • Michael Lewis Woodyard, 26, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Crystal Michelle Haggarty, 34, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Cassie Chase Poland, 18, Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Casey Jo Richards, 28, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Austin Jay Robinson, 18, Belington, West Virginia

24 of 30 wanted in the indictment were in custody as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“Self-report; turn yourself in, basically,” Bernard said. “I think that is in everybody’s best interest, including those who have been charged.”

Bernard described this is as simply a first step. The investigation revealed stolen firearms were used as barter and used in furtherance of the distribution of methamphetamine.

“Now that it’s arrived, we are going to be aggressive,” Bernard said. “This is the first step. It is gratifying and satisfying, but there is a lot of work left to do.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department are investigating.

“Every time we make an arrest, every time we dismantle one of these organizations, I think we’ve done a service to the community,” Bernard said. “And we’ll continue doing it.”

--> Thursday, September 21, 2017
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