3 plead to drug charges in federal court

ELKINS – Three individuals from Randolph County entered pleas of guilty on Monday in federal court before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull on drug-related charges, according to the office of United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Chad Preston, age 34, of Elkins, entered a plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone. Preston, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison for the charges.

Jonathan Healey, age 30, of Elkins, entered a plea of guilty to use of a communication device to facilitate a drug felony. Healey, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to four years in prison for the charges.

Charles Jacob Freeman, age 26, of Beverly, entered a plea of guilty to distribution of Alprazolam within 1,000 feet of the Beverly Manor. Freeman, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison for the charges.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn A. Morgan and Stephen D. Warner and were the result of the work of the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Forest Service, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Tucker County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), assisted by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.