Woman faces felony drug charge; two sentenced in federal court

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested for several offenses last week.

On March 6, Deputy Tyler Gordon initiated a traffic stop on a silver Jeep Liberty for a defective taillight. Rebecca Senior, 34, was a passenger in the vehicle and allegedly admitted to having drug paraphernalia being in her purse, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Inside the purse, Gordon found a large container containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, several unused plastic baggies commonly used in the sale and distribution of illegal substances and a small amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, according to the criminal complaint. Gordon also found a round blue pill identified as Clonazepam.

Senior was arrested and taken to the sheriff’s department for processing. Senior told Gordon she did not have any drugs hidden anywhere, but when she went to use the restroom, she allegedly ignored two direct commands to not flush the toilet.

Gordon found a baggie with a crystal substance laying in front of the toilet after Senior left the restroom.

Gordon also found three needles in a black glasses case under the seat of the front passenger and a scale in the purse of the driver, neither of which have been charged.

Senior was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of marijuana, possession of Clonazepam and obstructing, all misdemeanors.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000 for all the charges.

In other crime news, two women have been sentenced for their roles in an oxycodone distribution operation, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office.

Amanda Gifford, 26, was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful use of communication facility in November 2017. Gifford admitted to using a telephone to help distribute oxycodone in March 2017 in Monongalia County.

Brandy Miller, 29, of Salem, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and also pleaded guilty to unlawful use of communication facility in November 2017. In her plea, Miller admitted to using a telephone to assist others in distributing oxycodone in March 2017 in Monongalia County.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided over the cases in federal court in Clarksburg.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the cases.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, the Buckhannon Police Department and the Weston Police Department investigated.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program which 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.


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