Two convicted on federal drug charges

ELKINS – A local man and woman entered pleas of guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull on drug-related charges Tuesday.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Chad Edward Cutright, age 28, and Natusha Jewell Biggins, age 25, of Montrose, both entered pleas of guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Cutright and Biggins each face up to 20 years in prison. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner and investigated by the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police.

Biggins and Cutright were arrested in March 2013, and two children were sent to a hospital, after state police found the makings of a methamphetamine lab at a residence in the Teter Creek area.

According to Cpl. C.B. Schrader with the Philippi detachment of the West Virginia State Police, officers were dispatched to the residence at about 7 p.m. in response to a domestic disturbance.

“We basically discovered items you would use to make a meth lab,” Schrader told The Inter-Mountain at the time. Police also found two “very young” children, who were taken to Davis Memorial Hospital for evaluation as a precautionary measure, Schrader said.

The officer said that although police found plenty of meth precursors, there was no active meth lab at the time they arrived.

“There was a lot of paraphernalia and everything, so there was the possibility of (the children) being exposed to a clandestine lab,” Schrader said.