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Buckhannon woman admits to methamphetamine distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Ann Marie Stankus, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Stankus, age 24, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Stankus admitted to working with another to distribute methamphetamine in December 2017 in Upshur County.

Stankus faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrests.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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