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Six indicted in West Virginia

December 11, 2000

Six indicted in West Virginia



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Indictments against six individuals alleging various violations including unlawful possession of a machine gun, a silencer, distribution of methamphetamine and other charges were handed up by a federal grand jury here last week.

According to U.S. Attorney Melvin W. Kahle Jr., those people indicted included:

- Gregory Albert Betts, 49, of 618 1/2 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. Betts allegedly made false statements to federally-licensed firearms dealers on Nov. 27, 1998 and Jan. 6, 1999 in Martinsburg in connection with the acquisition of firearms, Kahle said.

Betts also allegedly unlawfully possessed a machine gun on Feb. 2, 1999, in Martinsburg, unlawfully possessed a silencer without a serial number on Feb. 2, 1999, unlawfully possessed a banned semi-automatic assault weapon on Feb. 2, 1999 and unlawfully possessed an unregistered short-barrel rifle on Feb. 2, 1999.

Betts, having been convicted of a felony, also unlawfully possessed firearms and ammunition on Feb. 2, 1999 and unlawfully possessed a firearm on Nov. 22 this year, according to Kahle.

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- Joseph Michael Wheeler, 41, and Annette Marie Wheeler, 44, both of 138 Opequon Drive, Kearneysville, who were named in a four-count indictment.

Among the allegations in the indictment is that the Wheelers knowingly conspired to distribute methamphetamine from Sept. 28 1999, to Oct. 4, 1999, Kahle said.

- Johnnie Lee James Jr., 35, a federal inmate. James was named in a one-count indictment that alleges James knowingly caused a letter containing a threat to injure the addressee to be delivered by the Postal Service on Nov. 6, Kahle said.

The identity of the addressee cannot be made public, said Fawn Thomas, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office.

- David Lee Walker, 21, 29 Baker Heights, Martinsburg. A one-count indictment alleges Walker unlawfully possessed crack cocaine with the intent to distribute on Nov. 18, Kahle said.

- David O. Grantham, 19, address unavailable. A one-count indictment alleges Grantham unlawfully posessed crack cocaine with the intent to distribute on Nov. 18, Kahle said.

- Danny Lee Loy, 30, 225 Porter Ave., Martinsburg. A one-count indictment alleges Loy knowingly possessed a sawed-off New England firearm on Aug. 13, 1999, Kahle said. The gun had a barrel of less than 18 inches long and was made in violation of federal law, Kahle said.

All six individuals will receive summonses to appear for arraignment, Thomas said Monday.

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