UPDATE: Williamstown man involved in multi-state drug ring pleads guilty to federal drug charge

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/31/2018, 4:26 P.M.

A Williamstown man involved in a multi-state drug distribution ring pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge in U.S. District Court in Wheeling on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Timothy Lohri, 36, of Williamstown, admitted to being involved in a methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin distribution ring that operated in Tyler and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, in Columbus, Ohio and in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lohri pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances.

He faces up to 20 years in prison a fine of up to $1,000,000.

6/12/2018, 6:43 P.M.
A Wood County man is among 31 people indicted in a federal multi-state drug investigation that allegedly operated in Tyler and Wetzel counties as far back as 2016.

Timothy Lohri, 36, of Williamstown, is among 23 West Virginians and eight Ohioans named in indictments returned in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the alleged conspiracy involved trafficking of crystal meth, also known as “ice,” heroin and cocaine brought to West Virginia from Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, authorities said some of the drugs may have come from as far away as Atlanta.

Some of those charged are also facing weapons charges involving a total of eight firearms, authorities said.

“These indictments demonstrate our continued efforts to aggressively prosecute those who consider West Virginia as a viable market to distribute their poison, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said. “We are seeing increased trafficking of methamphetamine, which also brings increased violence. Thanks to our prosecution team, and the incredible efforts of our law enforcement partners, these indictments were returned. The cases are now on the path for a final resolution. Our mission to keep our communities safe remains paramount.”

In addition to Lohri, the West Virginia residents indicted are:

Joshua Cathers, 38, of Sistersville
Michael Shawn Hartline, 34, of Sistersville
Rachel A. Cook, 28, of Sistersville
Holly C. Jenkins, 55, of New Martinsville
Justin Richeson, also known as “Squash,” 34, of New Martinsville
John M. Talkington, 29, New Martinsville
Haley Weigle, 24, of New Martinsville
Wilson Longwell, 26, of Littleton
Desiree Morgan, 23, of Paden City
Ronald Morgan, 50, of New Martinsville
Richard Warf, 54, of Sistersville
Charles C. Williamson, 31, of Sistersville
Brea M. Saeger, 27, of Sistersville
Miranda Stewart, 23, of Sistersville
Susan Kotson, 53, of New Martinsville
Alex King, 32, of New Martinsville
Amber M. Richeson, 36, New Martinsville
Boyd Williamson, 36, of Middlebourne
Cynthia L. Henries, 47, of New Martinsville
Todd Jones, 55, of New Martinsville
Randy Peffer, 25, of New Martinsville
Doug William Matthews, 32, of New Martinsville

Among the Ohio residents charged are six men and two women who are suspected members or associates of a street gang called the “Elaine Crip Family.”

Charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances are:

Rodriquies M. Evans, also known as “Dree,” 27, of Columbus
Marisa Page, 26, of Columbus
Kenyatta Banks, Jr., also known as “Yatta,” 28, of Canal Winchester, Ohio
Matthew Jackson, also known as “Matt-Matt,” 22, of Columbus
Delkira L. Rodgers, 20, of Columbus
Robert L. Gregory, 36, of Columbus
Cedric L. Douglas, 29, of Groveport, Ohio
Aaron Callahan, 28, of Columbus, Ohio

Agencies involved in the investigation included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol; Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department; and the Columbus Police Department Gang Crimes Unit.

The U.S. States Marshal Service assisted in the arrests.