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Three Convicted In Drug Ring

Three Wheeling residents and an Ohio man have admitted to their role in a methamphetamine operation.

Kayla “Cat” Lallathin, Charles “Mike” Ansley Jr., and Audie “Ott” Fry, all of Wheeling, as well as Duane “Rick” Green of Columbus all pleaded guilty this week to various drug offenses over the last year and a half.

Lallathin, 29, pleaded to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Lallathin and the others also each pleaded to one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a protected location.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, Lallathin admitted to conspiring with the others to sell crack cocaine, meth, heroin and fentanyl between September 2018 and June 2019. She also admitted to selling meth near the Luau Manor, a low-income apartment complex on Chapline Street.

Each faces a potential sentence of up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2 million for the aiding and abetting charge, with Lallathin facing an additional sentence of an additional 20 years and $1 million for her conspiracy charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government.

The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

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