Score:   1
Docket Number:   ND-WV  5:18-cr-00026
Case Name:   USA v. Cathers
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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Cynthia Henries, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day incarceration for her involvement in methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin distribution that spanned multiple states, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Henries, age 47, pled guilty to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Methamphetamine” in August 2018. Henries admitted to selling methamphetamine in March 2017 in Wetzel County.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., and Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol; Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department investigated. The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted in the case. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

 

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua Cathers, of Sistersville, was sentenced today to 15 months incarceration for his involvement in methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin distribution that spanned multiple states, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Cathers, age 39, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” in August 2018. Cathers admitted selling methamphetamine in November 2017 in Tyler County. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., and Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol; Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department investigated. The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua Cathers, of Sistersville, West Virginia, and Ronald Morgan, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, have admitted to their involvement in methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin distribution that spanned multiple states, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Cathers, age 38, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Cathers admitted selling methamphetamine in November 2017 in Tyler County. 

Morgan, age 50, pled guilty on Friday, August 10, 2018 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Methamphetamine” Morgan admitted to selling methamphetamine in March 2017 in Tyler County.

Cathers and Morgan each face up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., and Shawn M. Adkins are prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol; Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department investigated. The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted in the cases. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Two grand juries have returned indictments against 31 individuals from Ohio and West Virginia on charges involving methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin distribution that spanned multiple states, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Twenty-three West Virginia residents were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling on June 5, 2018 on charges involving a multi-state drug distribution operation. 

“These indictments demonstrate our continued efforts to aggressively prosecute those who consider West Virginia as a viable market to distribute their poison.  We are seeing increased trafficking of methamphetamine, which also brings increased violence. Thanks to our prosecution team, and the incredible efforts of our law enforcement partners, these indictments were returned.  The cases are now on the path for a final resolution.  Our mission to keep our communities safe remains paramount,” said Powell.

The alleged conspiracy consisted of trafficking crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” heroin, and cocaine brought to West Virginia from Columbus, Ohio, and obtained from as far away as Atlanta, Georgia. Some are facing weapons charges involving a total of eight firearms. Those indicted are:

•    Joshua Cathers, age 38, of Sistersville, West Virginia

•    Michael Shawn Hartline, age 34, of Sistersville, West Virginia 

•    Rachel A. Cook, age 28, of Sistersville, West Virginia 

•    Holly C. Jenkins, age 55, of New Martinsville, West Virginia

•    Justin Richeson, also known as “Squash,” age 34, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Timothy Lohri, age 36, of Williamstown, West Virginia 

•    John M. Talkington, age 29, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Haley Weigle, age 24, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Wilson Longwell, age 26, of Littleton, West Virginia 

•    Desiree Morgan, age 23, of Paden City, West Virginia 

•    Ronald Morgan, age 50, of New Martinsville, West Virginia

•    Richard Warf, age 54, of Sistersville, West Virginia 

•    Charles C. Williamson, age 31, of Sistersville, West Virginia 

•    Brea M. Saeger, age 27, of Sistersville, West Virginia

•    Miranda Stewart, age 23, of Sistersville, West Virginia

•    Susan Kotson, age 53, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Alex King, age 32, of New Martinsville, West Virginia

•    Amber M. Richeson, age 36, New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Boyd Williamson, age 36, of Middlebourne, West Virginia 

•    Cynthia L. Henries, age 47, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Todd Jones, age 55, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

•    Randy Peffer, age 25, of New Martinsville, West Virginia

•    Doug William Matthews, age 32, of New Martinsville, West Virginia 

In addition, six men and two women from Ohio, suspected members or associates of a street gang called the “Elaine Crip Family,” were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling on April 3, 2018 in connection with the same trafficking of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin into Wetzel and Tyler Counties, as well as into the southern district of West Virginia.

Those charged in that indictment with “Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances” are:

•    Rodriquies M. Evans, also known as “Dree”, age 27, of Columbus, Ohio

•    Marisa Page, age 26, of Columbus, Ohio

•    Kenyatta Banks, Jr., also known as “Yatta”, age 28, of Canal Winchester, Ohio

•    Matthew Jackson, also known as “Matt-Matt”, age 22, of Columbus, Ohio

•    Delkira L. Rodgers, age 20, of Columbus, Ohio

•    Robert L. Gregory, age 36, of Columbus, Ohio

•    Cedric L. Douglas, age 29, of Groveport, Ohio

•    Aaron Callahan, age 28, of Columbus, Ohio

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., and Shawn M. Adkins are prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol; Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department investigated. The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted in the case. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrests.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Description: The fiscal year of the data file obtained from the AOUSC
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Description: The code of the federal judicial circuit where the case was located
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Description: The code of the federal judicial district where the case was located
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Description: The code of the district office where the case was located
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Description: Docket number assigned by the district to the case
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Description: A unique number assigned to each defendant in a case which cannot be modified by the court
Format: A3

Description: A unique number assigned to each defendant in a case which can be modified by the court
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Description: A sequential number indicating whether a case is an original proceeding or a reopen
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Description: Case type associated with the current defendant record
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Description: A concatenation of district, office, docket number, case type, defendant number, and reopen sequence number
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Description: A concatenation of district, office, docket number, case type, and reopen sequence number
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Description: The status of the defendant as assigned by the AOUSC
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Description: A code indicating the fugitive status of a defendant
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Description: The date upon which a defendant became a fugitive
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Description: The date upon which a fugitive defendant was taken into custody
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Description: The date when a case was first docketed in the district court
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Description: The date upon which proceedings in a case commenced on charges pending in the district court where the defendant appeared, or the date of the defendant’s felony-waiver of indictment
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Description: A code used to identify the nature of the proceeding
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Description: The date when a defendant first appeared before a judicial officer in the district court where a charge was pending
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Description: A code indicating the event by which a defendant appeared before a judicial officer in the district court where a charge was pending
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Description: A code indicating the type of legal counsel assigned to a defendant
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Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the highest severity
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Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE1
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Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE1
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Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE1
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Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the second highest severity
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Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE2
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Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE2
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Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE2
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Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE2
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Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the third highest severity
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Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE3
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Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE3
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Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE3
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Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE3
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Description: A count of defendants filed including inter-district transfers
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Description: A count of defendants filed excluding inter-district transfers
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Description: A count of original proceedings commenced
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Description: A count of defendants filed whose proceedings commenced by reopen, remand, appeal, or retrial
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Description: A count of defendants terminated excluding interdistrict transfers
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Description: A count of original proceedings terminated
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Description: A count of defendants pending as of the last day of the period excluding long term fugitives
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Description: A sequential number indicating the iteration of the defendant record
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Description: Statistical year ID label on data file obtained from the AOUSC which represents termination year
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