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Six people have been sentenced to federal prison for dealing drugs in Monongalia and Harrison counties, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II reports.

Sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley in Clarksburg were:

 

  • Sean Miller Phillips Jr., 31, of Eastpoint, MI, to 63 months in prison plus six years of supervised release for aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location.
  • Jamila McLaughry, 25, of Morgantown, to 37 months in prison and six years of supervised release for distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of the North Elementary School in Monongalia County.
  • Eddie Picket, 20, and William Anderson, 20, both of Detroit, to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

 

The case against Phillips, McLaughry, Picket and Anderson was investigated by the Mon Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, which includes officers from the Morgantown police, the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

  • Aaron Montreal Riggin, 37, of Raleigh, N.C., to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in Morgantown between September 2011 and April 2012. He also must forfeit $10,000 that was seized. His case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
  • Spayne Swindle, 19, of Pittsburgh, to 57 months in prison and six years of supervised release for distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of Pierpont Community and Technical College. Spindle also must forfeit $1,968 in currency along with four cell phones, Ihlenfeld said. His case was investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

 

Others sentenced were:

 

  • Franklin Moore, 43, of Procious, to 92 months in prison and three years of supervised release after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • John Chambers, 62, of Clarksburg, to 36 months in prison and six years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.
  • Sasha Peggues, 28, of Morgantown, to 27 months in prison and five years of supervised release for aggravated identity theft. Peggues also was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $27,960.90. Ihlenfeld said Peggues forged the signature of an elderly man for whom she was providing care-giving services on checks. The case investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Morgantown police.

 

Moore, Swindle and Peggues were remanded to the custody of the U.S. marshals pending assignment to a federal penal institution.

Entering guilty pleas were:

 

  • Matthew Vanhorn, 27, and Megan Counts, 24, of Stonewood, to possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of the Stonewood City Park; Charles Counts, 42, and Ondrea Katherine Counts, 41, also of Stonewood, to distribution of ecstasy within 1,000 feet of Oakmound Apartments; and Mary Wilcox, 43, of Stonewood, maintaining a drug-involved premise.

 

Vanhorn, in custody pending sentencing, and Megan, Charles and Ondrea Counts each face up to 40 years in prison. Wilcox, in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

  • Evan Michael Shaw, 22, of Bridgeport, to distribution of buprenorphine within 1,000 Feet of West Virginia Junior College. As part of his plea, Shaw will forfeit $906 in cash obtained from the illegal activity. Currently free on bond, Shaw faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

Both cases were investigated by the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn Morgan, Zelda Wesley, and Andrew Cogar are prosecuting the cases.