A federal grand jury returned an indictment on November 3, 2015  charging Brittney Michelle Walls, 26, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, with prescription medication trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Walls was allegedly discovered in possession of buprenorphine, a schedule three controlled substance used to treat pain and opioid addiction, and alprazolam, a schedule four controlled substance used to treat anxiety, in May 2015 in Harrison County, West Virginia.

Walls is charged with one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.” She faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for possessing schedule four controlled substances and up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 for possessing schedule three controlled substances. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the West Virginia State Police are leading the investigation.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Editor’s Note: The information above is directly from a press release from the Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia.

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