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Two indicted in Md. man's overdose death

October 27, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fourteen people were arrested on federal arrest warrants contained in six separate indictments returned by federal grand juries in Martinsburg and Wheeling, W.Va., U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston announced Wednesday.

Richard Ashbaugh, 38, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Claire Dunleary, of 600 S. Cliff St. in Harpers Ferry, were named in a two-count indictment returned by the grand jury in September, according to Johnston. Ashbaugh and Dunleary allegedly sold heroin to a person in Jefferson County, who later died. Johnston said in a press release that the person's death was a result of the heroin.

Ashbaugh and Dunleary also are charged with traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to sell heroin, Johnston said. The pair's trial is set for Dec. 19. If convicted, Ashbaugh and Dunleary could face life imprisonment and a $1 million fine, he said.

Twelve others were indicted:

  • Lajuan Gordon, 33, of Frederick, Md., was charged with conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine from July 1, 2004, to September 2005 in West Virginia, Johnston said. Gordon also was charged with conspiring to trade a rifle for drugs and money in Jefferson County. Gordon also allegedly distributed crack cocaine March 19 and 20 in Jefferson County.

  • Carol Price, 41, of 608 Eagle Ave. in Charles Town, W.Va., was charged with conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine from July 1, 2004, to September 2005 in West Virginia, Johnston said. Price also was charged with distributing crack cocaine March 19 in Jefferson County.

  • Michael Kearns, 23, of 615 S. Samuel St. in Charles Town, was charged with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and being addicted to a controlled substance and knowingly possessing firearms, Johnston said. Kearns also was charged with conspiring to trade a rifle for drugs and money and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime in February 2005 in Jefferson County.

  • Joann Christian, 35, of 427 S. Samuel St. in Charles Town, was charged with conspiring to trade a rifle for drugs and money, distributing crack cocaine, distributing cocaine hydrochloride, and possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Christian also was named in two forfeiture counts of the indictment. The federal government would like Christian to forfeit property she purchased with money she received from the federal crimes on which she was indicted, including the home on Samuel Street and a vehicle.

  • George Carter, 52, of 841 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Charles Town, was indicted on charges of conspiring to trade a rifle for drugs and money and possessing a firearm that had been transported in interstate commerce after being imprisoned for one year.

  • Dontrell Curry, 21, of 214 Ann St. in Charles Town, was charged with using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, using and being addicted to a controlled substance and knowingly possessing a firearm that had been transported in interstate commerce.

  • Suan Goichochea, 32, of 228 East St. in Winchester, Va., was named in two counts of the indictment. Goichochea was charged with distributing cocaine hydrochloride in Jefferson County and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it in Jefferson County.

  • Brandon French, 22, of 240 Flowing Acres in Charles Town, was charged with distributing heroin in Jefferson and Berkeley counties and helping someone distribute crack cocaine in Jefferson County.

  • Dion Drew, 31, of 9433 Hale Drive in Clinton, Md., was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in Jefferson County, possessing a firearm while attempting to distribute crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in Jefferson County after being previously convicted of a felony.

  • David Jose Robinson, 28, of 128 Ivanhoe St. in Washington, D.C., was charged with distributing crack cocaine in Charles Town and possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it in Charles Town.

  • William Q. Hartwell, 63, of 72 November Lane in Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it in Charles Town.

  • Lynn Wood Campbell, 25, Millville, W.Va., was charged with possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it in Charles Town.
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