Two Women Plead Guilty to Trafficking Prescription Drugs, Restaurant Closes


Two Moundsville women have plead guilty to trafficking prescription painkillers in the Ohio Valley and as a result, a business was closed on Wednesday.

An investigation that began in 2014 at El Patron Mexican Restaurant on 1st St brought more charges against two Moundsville women.

Moundsville Police Lieutenant tells us the owner, Keturah Keyser, and waitress Abigail Martinez were distributing hydrocodone in the parking lot.

The restaurant has been shut down.

In June initial charges were brought against the women.

At that time, Keyser was sentenced to four months in prison and Martinez was sentenced to three years of probation.

“It’s just ‘the nature of the beast.’ The Marshall County Drug Task Force was involved in the investigation. They’ve got to go through steps and processes to make sure they have everything they need, and then present that to the federal prosecutor. They went ahead and took the case,” said Lt. Steven Kosek with the Moundsville Police Department.

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Kosek added that the restaurant building was leased, and therefore not part of any settlement with federal prosecutors.  As a result, the restaurant could possibly reopen with different ownership.

This case continues to be investigated.

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