A federal grand jury returned several indictments against alleged drug dealers from throughout the Ohio Valley.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said five indictments naming seven defendants were returned alleging the sale of heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana.
An eight-count indictment charges Marcel D. Weaver and Holly D. Keyes with the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Chester in late 2013.
Weaver, 29, of East Liverpool, and Keyes, 26 ,of Chester, are also alleged to have maintained a drug-involved dwelling. They face up to 40 years in prison, a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release.
Ihlenfeld said the case was investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.
James J. Carney, 22, of Moundsville was charged with five counts of distributing heroin near protected locations in Marshall County in late 2013. It is alleged that Carney sold heroin to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of Moundsville Central Elementary School on four occasions, and with making a fifth sale outside of a Moundsville restaurant. He faces up to 40 years in prison, a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release.
Glenn A. Miller, 37, and Amanda Barker, 25, both of Moundsville, are charged with the distribution of oxycodone and Alprazolam near protected locations in Marshall County in 2012. They each face up to 40 years in prison, up to a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release.
Desiree N. Burge, 30, of Moundsville was charged with one count of distribution of oxycodone in 2013. She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release.
Ihlenfeld said the Carney, Miller, Barker and Burge cases were investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, an Appalachia HIDTA-funded unit.
Nelda K. White, 54, of Hundred was named in a two-count indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The U.S. Attorney's office also is seeking to forfeit $23,500 which was seized in January as part of the investigation. White faces up to five years in prison on each of the charges.
Ihlenfeld said the cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams Jr., Randolph J. Bernard and Stephen L. Vogrin.