41 Indicted in West Virginia Heroin Case

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WHSV) -- A federal grand jury in West Virginia indicted 41 people, claiming they were part of a large-scale heroin distribution ring based in Baltimore.

Federal agents claim Maryland resident Brian Alexander Hall, 27, orchestrated the distribution ring. They say a large group of dealers repeatedly traveled across state lines to obtain drugs from Hall in Baltimore.

The dealers then returned to West Virginia and Pennsylvania to distribute the drugs.

"Today's arrests are just one element in a continuing effort to combat the epidemic of drug abuse in our region," said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. "It is particularly troubling when drug dealers send their product across state lines and target vulnerable populations for purely economic gain. Federal and local law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions leveraged cutting-edge surveillance techniques to conduct a sophisticated and expedient investigation in this case, and I commend them for their efforts."

The following people have been indicted.

Jared Michael Belanger, 35, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Lindsay Bohrer, 37, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Shawn Blain Bowers, 36, of Braddock Heights, Maryland
Theresa Brewer, 61, of Braddock Heights, Maryland
Kenneth Bryan Crowley, 38, of Rockville, Maryland
James R. Dove, 30, of Keyser, West Virginia
Veronica Gladden, 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Harmony Hahn, 31, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Bonnie Hanna, 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
James Francis Hansen, Jr., 48, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Javier Lewis Howard, 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
James Miner Jenkins, 36, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Jessica Kesecker, 33, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Brandon Kidwell, 23, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Darla Kinser, 29, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Edward Lee Knotts, a.k.a. “Eddie,” 32, of Ranson, West Virginia
Jeffery David Murphy, a.k.a. “J.D.,” 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Brandon Lee Odell, 32, of Inwood, West Virginia
Scott Andrew Ours, a.k.a. “D,” 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Melissa Portrey, a.k.a. “Missy,” 47, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Josh Reid, 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Craig Rhodes, 46, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Cassandra Elaine Riggs, a.k.a “Casey Braithwaite,” 25, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
James Michael Ross, 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Cortney Blaire Saylor, a.k.a “C,” 29, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Megan Saylor, 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia,
Robert Hamilton Shanley-Sexton, a.k.a. “Robbie,” 23, of Gaithersburg, Maryland,
Frederick Smitherman, a.k.a. “Freddy,” 36, of Inwood, West Virginia
William Thomas Stine, a.k.a. “Tom,” 39, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Cameron Steinbaugh, 28, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia,
Teddy Edward Threadgill, 46, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia,
Veronica Thomas, 24, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania,
Bruce Morton Vaudrien, Jr., 45, of Kearneysville, West Virginia,
Michelle Lynn Warnick, 32, of Kearneysville, West Virginia,
William Lee Wasson, a.k.a. “Bill,” 38, of Falling Waters, West Virginia
Sarah Marie Weant, 26, of Kearneysville, West Virginia.

Two defendants are currently in state custody, including:
Clinton Dunlap, a.k.a. “K.D.,” 31, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Steward Eugene Whitehead, Jr., a.k.a. “Geno,” 29, of Inwood, West Virginia

Several individuals have not yet been located, including:
Roma Michelle Bland, 37, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
James Wesley Faircloth, 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the aforementioned individuals is encouraged to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 412-432-4000.