14 Charged in Drug Trafficking Ring in Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fourteen people are facing charges following an investigation into a drug trafficking ring operating in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, according to the Northern District of West Virginia’s United States Attorney’s Office.

Of the 14 defendants, nine were arrested this week on charges detailed in a 24-count Indictment by a Federal Grand Jury, announced United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II on Thursday, July 31.

Included in this week’s arrests was Tavon Darrell Moore, 30, of Baltimore who is alleged to be the leader of the trafficking ring that the indictment alleges distributed heroin from 2008 to July 22, 2014 in Berkeley, Jefferson, Grant and Hardy counties of West Virginia, said the U.S. Attorney’s office.

In addition to Moore, those arrested this week include:

  • Aaron Daniel Rose, 29, of Kearneysville, W.Va.
  • Courtney Danielle McDonald, 24, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Crystalin Nicole Holliday, 24, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Susan Renee Underwood, 31, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Melissa Bailey, 25, of Petersburg, W.Va.
  • Kimberly Michelle Bailey, 32, of Petersburg, W.Va.
  • Pamela Jean Bailey, 30, Petersburg, W.Va.
  • Thomas Richard Greenfield, Jr., 57, or Martinsburg, W.Va.

Stephanie Lee Butts, 37, Christian Nicole Pierce, 21, and Brandy Netz, 29, were already in custody for related charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Agents said they are still searching for two defendants, Tony Calvin Collins, 29, of Petersburg, W.Va., and Brenda Michelle Sams, 34, of Brandywine, Md.

According the U.S Attorney’s office, the 24-count Indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute heroin; attempted distribution of heroin; distribution of heroin, crack cocaine, oxycodone, morphine and methamphetamine; using a telephone to distribute drugs; and interstate transportation to aid in the distribution of heroin.

If convicted, officials said Moore would face a mandatory 20 years to life in prison, with Rose and McDonald facing up to 40 years in prison.

The other defendants are facing up to 20 years for the conspiracy charge, up to ten years on the morphine distribution charge, up to 20 years on the other possession and distribution charges, up to four years on the illegal use of a communication facility charges and up to five years on the interstate transportation charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

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