Feds say 17 people have pleaded guilty in massive Baltimore-to-Panhandle drug network

11 July 2024- Seventeen people have pled guilty to drug distribution charges following an investigation into a Baltimore-based trafficking organization.

United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced that since an indictment was returned in January against Gary Brown, Jr. and eighty-one others, many of those charged in the conspiracy have admitted to their role in an operation that caused substantial amounts of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine to be distributed in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

“Thanks to the excellent work of federal prosecutors and local, state, and federal investigators, numerous defendants in this case have accepted responsibility for their crimes and will be held accountable for endangering our communities through the distribution of illicit drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “There’s more work to be done,but significant progress has been made.”

Those who have entered pleas of guilty thus far are as follows:

  • Zachary Thomas Doman, age 24, of Martinsburg;
  • Marissa Huntoon-Gregory, 34, of Summit Point;
  • Connor James McLaughlin, 31, of Ranson;
  • Alyssa Rose McIntyre, 28, of Harpers Ferry;
  • Daniel Lee Corbin, Jr., 35, of Martinsburg;
  • Eric Lyn Custer, 38, of Charles Town;
  • John Wesley Yates, 36, of Bunker Hill;
  • Haile Madalynn Speaks, 21, of Charles Town;
  • Kimberly Ann Barrett, 44, of Harpers Ferry;
  • Brenda Henry, 57, of Charles Town;
  • John Ernest LeCluse, 39, of Harpers Ferry;
  • Michael Lee Engle, 46, of Harpers Ferry;
  • Joshua Paul Barrett, 44, of Harpers Ferry;
  • Gregory O’Brien Long, Jr. 26, of Charles Town;
  • Jeffrey Scott Main, 53, of Harpers Ferry;
  • Eva Louise Ashbaugh, 25, of Harpers Ferry; and
  • Kayleigh Nicole Beavers, 38, of Winchester, Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lara Omps-Botteicher and Kyle Kane are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Trumble has presided over the plea hearings.

The trial for the remaining defendants is scheduled for February 4, 2025, before Judge Gina M. Groh.

Investigative agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Pittsburgh Field Division and Baltimore Field Division); the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service;  the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the West Virginia Air National Guard; the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office; Ranson Police Department; Martinsburg Police Department; Charles Town Police Department; the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office;  Stafford County Sheriff’s Office (Virginia); Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (Maryland); Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (Virginia); Winchester Police Department; and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office (Virginia).