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Grand jury indicts seven on gun and drug charges

March 25, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Seven people were named in three indictments returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg last week, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

Christopher Wayne Williams, 39, of Mill Creek, W.Va., was named in a two-count indictment charging him with one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of stolen firearms, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld’s office.

If convicted, Williams faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Jason S. Swisher, 30, and Jennifer N. Hileman, 29, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., were named in a four-count indictment. Count one charges Swisher and Hileman with conspiracy to distribute heroin, count two charges Hileman with distribution of heroin, count three charges Swisher with distribution of heroin, and count four charges Hileman with possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to the release.

If convicted, Swisher and Hileman each face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine on each count.

Frank K. Brinkmeyer, 43; Patricia M. Brinkmeyer, 66; Charlotte M. Jenkins, 38; and Michael B. Smith, 38, all of Berkeley County, W.Va., were named in a nine-count indictment, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld’s office.

Frank Brinkmeyer is charged with five counts of distribution of heroin, with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone, the release states.

Patricia Brinkmeyer is charged with one count of distribution of oxycodone, two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone, according to the release.

Jenkins is charged with one count of distribution of oxycodone, with three counts of distribution of heroin and with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone. Smith is charged with one count of distribution of heroin and one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone, the release states.

If convicted, each of the defendants faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count.
 
This case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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