ELKINS — Five residents of Grand and Hardy counties have been indicted for peddling drugs across the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands.

The charges were handed up by a federal grand jury on June 18 and revealed last Thursday.

Four are from Petersburg — Melanie Lyn Outen, 47; Ted Alexander Voss, 29; Michael Dean Smith, 49; and Jared Judy, 29. The 5th conspirator is Dennis James Miller, 43, of Moorefield.

Authorities say they conspired to possess and distribute fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamines in April and May.

Outen: was indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and another count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Outen is accused of distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl and a detectable amount of methamphetamine in Jefferson County in April.

Voss was indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl, a count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and a 3rd count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Voss is accused of distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April in Jefferson County and distributing meth in May in Berkeley County.

Miller was indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl, another of distribution of methamphetamine, 2 counts of distribution of heroin and a ne count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Miller is accused of distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April in Jefferson County, distributing meth in April and May in Grant and Berkeley counties and distributing heroin in April and May in Grant County.

Smith was indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Smith is accused of distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April in Jefferson County and distributing meth in May in Berkeley County.

Judy was indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and a count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Judy is accused of distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April in Jefferson County and distributing meth in May in Berkeley County.

Each defendant faces 5 to 40 years in prison and fines of $5 million for the conspiracy count.

Outen and Voss also face 5 to 40 years for aiding and abetting. Miller, Smith and Judy face up to 20 years and a $1 million fine for each distribution count.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Helman is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Charles Town Police Department investigated. o

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