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Ohio woman pleads guilty to drug crimes

CHARLESTON — An Ohio woman pleaded guilty Monday to possessing methamphetamine she intended to sell in Jackson County, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said.

Danielle Seagraves admitted that on April 18, 2017, she had in her possession about 33 grams of methamphetamine she intended to sell to individuals in and around Ripley, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. Before she could complete any drug transaction, officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Seagraves and seized the methamphetamine, he said.

Seagraves’ arrest was part of an April 2017 inter-agency investigation and sweep that resulted in the arrest of 13 people, eight of whom were charged with meth-related offenses, Stuart said. The investigation focused on methamphetamine brought in from Ohio into Jackson County, an investigation that removed an estimated $320,000 worth of methamphetamine from the community, he said.

The Jackson County Bureau of Investigation, comprised of deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and officers with the Ravenswood and Ripley Police Departments, closely worked with West Virginia State Police, the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and the DEA to conduct the investigation, Stuart said.

“Collaborative and proactive law enforcement efforts are keeping significant amounts of dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Stuart. “And it is only by prosecuting cases like this that we can hold the poison peddlers accountable.”

Seagraves, currently serving a multi-year state prison term in Ohio for drug-related activity, faces 20 years in prison on the federal charge. She will be sentenced April 6.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorneys Kristin F. Scott and Erik S. Goes are handling the prosecution.

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