3-25-13 Fed grand jury indicts 7 on gun, drug charges

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MARTINSBURG — Seven individuals were named in three indictments returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg, last week.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II, announced the following indictments: Christopher Wayne Williams, 39, of Mill Creek, 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.” If convicted, Williams faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count.

This case will be prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Jason S. Swisher, 30, and Jennifer N. Hileman, 29, of Bunker Hill, 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.”  If convicted, Swisher and Hileman face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on each count.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr.

Frank K. Brinkmeyer, 43; Patricia M. Brinkmeyer, 66; Charlotte M. Jenkins, 38; and, Michael B. Smith, 38, of Berkeley County, West Virginia, were named in a nine-count indictment.

Frank Brinkmeyer is charged in counts one, three, four, five and six with “distribution of heroin;” in count seven with “possession with intent to distribute heroin;” and, in count nine with “conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone.”

Patricia Brinkmeyer is charged in count two with “distribution of oxycodone;” in counts three and four with “distribution of heroin;” and, in count nine with “conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone.”

Jenkins is charged in count two with “distribution of oxycodone,” in counts three, four and eight with “distribution of heroin;” and, in count nine with “conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone.”

Smith is charged in count eight with “distribution of heroin” and, in count nine with “conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone.”

If convicted, each of the defendants faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on each count.

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, investigated this case.

Assistant United States Attorney McWilliams will also prosecute this case.

All of the charges contained in the above-referenced indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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