Five Randolph County residents indicted by federal grand jury

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Several Randolph County residents were arraigned Monday after being indicted by a federal grand sitting in Elkins on Feb. 20, 2019, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Julie Ann Cutright, 33, of Elkins, was indicted on one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises.” Cutright is accused of maintaining a home at 113 Riverview Drive in Elkins that was used for distributing methamphetamine, also known as “ice” from October 2017 to November 2017.

Cutright faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $500,000. 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.

Eric Allen Harris, 38, of Beverly, was indicted on two counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Harris is accused of distributing methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” in April, May, and September 2018 in Randolph County.

Harris faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each count. 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.

Jonathan Allen Mowery, 36, of Harman, was indicted on one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm.”  Mowery is accused of distributing methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” in March 2017 in Randolph County. He is also accused of illegally possessing a 9mm caliber pistol.

Mowery faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the drug count and faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms count. 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.

Patsy Meredith DeMary, 41, of Beverly, West Virginia, and Scott Jackson Hamrick, 38, of Elkins, West Virginia, were indicted on drug distribution and firearms charges.

DeMary, 41, had her initial appearance in federal court Monday. DeMary was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of “Possess a Firearm in Futherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.”

Hamrick, also known as “Basic,” 38, was named in the same indictment, charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of “Possess a Firearm in Futherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.”

DeMary and Hamrick are accused of conspiring with one another to distribute methamphetamine in Randolph County in the Spring of 2017.

DeMary and Hamrick each face at least five years and up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for the conspiracy count, up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the distribution count, and at least five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms count. 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. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department and the Weston Police Department investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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