Three men sentenced for firearm violations in WV

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of West Virginia announced the sentencing of three men for firearms violations.

Talten Dominic Hall, 39 of Edinburg, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possession of a firearm in connection to a drug trafficking crime.

Hall was originally arrested in September of 2022.

Reports stated he fired shots at members of the security staff at Lust Gentlemen’s Club in Martinsburg.

He was later located in Shenandoah County with two firearms.

Hall was prohibited from owning firearms due to domestic battery and assault convictions in Virginia.

Julian McGuire, 35 of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of firearms.

Officers were called to McGuire’s home for a domestic disturbance.

After a search of his home and vehicle, they discovered firearms and parts. 

McGuire is prohibited from owning firearms because of a prior felony drug conviction.

Aityontae Moye, 20 of Baltimore, was sentenced to 26 months and three years of supervised release after making false statements to purchase a firearm.

Investigators were led to Moye after reports of shots fired in Cumberland, Maryland.

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82 people indicted in WV drug trafficking network

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82 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for their role in a drug trafficking network in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia distributing fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Individuals from Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia were charged, including Gary Bernard Brown Jr, 38 of Baltimore, who is believed to have supplied large quantities of fentanyl for distribution in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

The investigation discovered 10 kilograms of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets.

This enforcement effort was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation dedicated to identifying, disrupting, and dismantling high level crime organizations.

11 of the 82 defendants are still at large including Kendall Axavier Baker, 31 of Winchester, and 9 others from the Eastern Panhandle.

A full list of the defendants at large is available here.

If you have any information on this case or the individuals, contact the US Marshal’s office at 1-877-926-8332.

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Domestic Violence call leads to firearm arrest

Rodney Allen Mayhew, age 43, of Martinsburg, pled guilty this week to one count unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to the plea agreement reached in federal court, officers were called to Mayhew’s home to serve a protective order involving domestic violence. When officers arrived, Mayhew admitted to having firearms in the bedroom. Officers recovered two pistols and a rifle.

The Mayhew case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayhew is facing up to 15 years in prison.

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Culpeper residents charged for fentanyl and firearms

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The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force wrapped up another lengthy investigation with the arrest of two Culpeper residents.

Daiquan Thompson and Octavia Richards were arrested in the 300 block of Wine Street in Culpeper.

With the execution of a search warrant the pair were found to be in possession of 670 pills of pressed fentanyl and two firearms.

The drugs seized have an approximate street value of over $16,700.

The pair are facing numerous charges including possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1 or 2 drug, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs and child endangerment.

Thompson is a known gang member and is being investigated for violating probation conditions as well.

Both subjects are being held without bond at the Culpeper County Jail.

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