From Staff Reports
PIEDMONT, W.Va. — A Piedmont man has pleaded guilty to three felonies, including cocaine trafficking and one tied to the operation of a dog fighting venture.
Timothy Paul Stewart, 34, of Piedmont pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of dogs for dog fighting in federal court in Martinsburg before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Seibert, according to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II.
In October, agents served a federal drug trafficking indictment upon Stewart at his home. Officers observed seven firearms in plain view and obtained a federal search warrant and returned to seize controlled substances, the firearms and ammunition. In the basement, they observed evidence of an animal fighting venture including dogs, dog pelts, cages and training equipment for the dogs. They seized this evidence and approximately 25 grams of cocaine base and $3,968.
Stewart, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 45 years in prison. As part of his plea, Stewart must forfeit the firearms and the cash. The case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the FBI and West Virginia State Police.
In other federal court news, Carl Chaney 60, of Springfield, entered a plea of guilty to felon in possession of a firearm. Chaney, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison.
Chaney’s case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Police.
Stacey L. Williamson, 48, of Flintstone, Md., entered a plea of guilty to theft of government funds. Williamson, who was a U.S. Postal Service employee, admitted to converting $1,737.49 to her own use from March to July 31. Williamson, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison.