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Four indicted on federal meth charges

September 25, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Four individuals named in an indictment returned on Aug. 21 by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins will appear before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull on Oct. 3 in Clarksburg.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

Robert Allen Cook, age 48, of Old Fields; Paula Lynn Champ, age 29, of Purgitsville; Lisha Rosetta Runions, age 51, of Fisher; and Lisa Ann Crites, age 36, of Moorefield, were named in a 32-count indictment. Count One alleges that Cook, Champ, Runions and Crites conspired to manufacture methamphetamine from July of 2011 to Jan. 29, 2011, in the Northern District of West Virginia.

Count Two alleges that Cook, Champ, Runions and Crites manufacture methamphetamine on Jan. 29 in Hardy County.

Count Three alleges that Cook, Champ, Runions and Crite possessed material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Jan. 29 in Hardy County.

Counts Four through 10 allege that Cook possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on Sept. 7, Sept. 12, Sept. 16, Oct. 13, Oct. 14, and Nov. 28, 2011; and Jan. 29, 2012.

Counts 11 through 19 allege that Champ possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on July 6, July 11, July 20, July 22, Oct. 13, Oct. 21, Nov. 19 and Dec.18, 2011; and Jan. 23, 2012.

Counts 20 through 28 allege that Runions possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on July 1, July 14, July 22, Oct. 5, Oct. 20, Nov. 19, Dec. 2 and Dec. 7, 2011; and Jan. 29, 2012.

Counts 29 through 32 allege that Crites possessed pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on July 2 and July 15, 2011; and, Jan. 5 and Jan. 27, 2012.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1 million as to Counts One and Two; 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 as to Count Three; and, 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 as to Counts Four through 32.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner and investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the above-referenced indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 
 

 

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