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March 15, 2013

Keyser resident convicted of federal drug violations

KEYSER, W.Va. — A 51-year-old Keyser man was convicted on six drug counts Wednesday by a Martinsburg jury.  

Charles Page Haines was convicted in a two-day trial in U.S. District Court with Judge Gina Groh presiding.

Haines was convicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base from June 5 to June 28, 2012; four counts of distribution of cocaine base on June 5, June 6 and twice on June 7, 2012; and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise from June 5 to June 28, 2012, all in Keyser, according to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II.

Trial evidence indicated that Haines was involved with co-defendants Loren Constantine Brown and Crystal Starr Metz in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and provided his residence as a place from which the crack was distributed.

Haines, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1 million fine on each of the conspiracy and distribution counts and up to 20 years’ imprisonment and $500,000 fine on the maintaining a drug-involved premise count.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Mucklow and investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police — Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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