Former Lawrenceville residents indicted on drug charges

CHESTER-Two former Lawrenceville residents were among those recently indicted by a federal grand jury in Wheeling on drug charges.

Marcel D. Weaver, 29, of East Liverpool, and Holly D. Keyes, 26, of Chester, were charged in an eight-count indictment with the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Chester in late 2013, said U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

Weaver and Keyes also are alleged to have maintained a drug-involved premises at 135 Rural Lane in Lawrenceville, where they were arrested in December by members of the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force.

The two were arrested on Dec. 9, 2013, while drug task force members executed a search warrant at the Rural Lane residence. During the search, drugs believed to be heroin and crack cocaine, along with materials suspected to be for packaging and distribution, were seized.

The two-month investigation began with a tip from the Youngstown office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Ihlenfeld said. Area residents had reported suspicious activity at the address to the drug task force.

Weaver and Keyes face up to 40 years in prison, a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release if convicted, Ihlenfeld said.

A total of five indictments naming seven defendants were returned alleging the sale of heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana. The charges were brought by area drug task forces that receive funding through the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative.

Hancock County was designated a HIDTA by the federal government in 2012.