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Keyser-area indictment alleges cocaine trafficking, money laundering in 73 counts

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A 73-count federal indictment alleging cocaine trafficking and money laundering should make a dent in drug trafficking in the Keyser area, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Ihlenfeld said the lead defendant in the case is Cedric Malachi Jones, 32, of Palm Coast, Fla., who is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, money laundering, distribution of cocaine and cocaine base, distribution of cocaine and cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Jones, named in 58 counts, is alleged to be the leader of a group that caused controlled substances to be transported to Keyser from other parts of the country. Jones is also alleged to have laundered money generated by the alleged drug trafficking.

Also indicted were:

 

  • Ebony Ishia Haynes Jack, age 32, of Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Patrice Dominique Stephens, also known as Everett Backstreets, 34, of Westernport, Md.
  • Paul Harland Ellis, 35, of Keyser
  • Tequila L. Smith, 32, of Ranson
  • Dixie Sherylann Layman, 40, of Keyser 
  • Sheena Collins, 26, of Oakland, Md.
  • Travis Sinclair Howard, 34, of Palatka, Fla.
  • Samaria Alice Clifford, 32, of Keyser
  • Robert Lee Jessie, 34, of Keyser 
  • Christopher Lee Redman, 30, of Keyser
  • Adrian Nicholas Sanchez, 30, of Cumberland, Md.
  • Troy Aaron Wilt, 30, of Keyser

 

If convicted, each defendant faces up to life in prison on the conspiracy charge, up to 20 years in prison on the money laundering charges, and up to 40 years in prison on any sales of controlled substances that occurred near protected locations.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, which consists of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.