GRANTSVILLE - A grand jury in Calhoun County issued indictments on Tuesday accusing six people of manufacturing methamphetamine.
The cases were presented by Prosecutor Shannon S. Johnson.
The indictments were:
* Matthew David Jeffrey, 29, indicted on one count of operating and attempting to operate clandestine drug laboratories, a felony. The indictment alleges that Jeffrey was operating a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory on March 19, 2012. This case was investigated by Trooper S. E. McCullough of the West Virginia State Police.
Jeffrey also was named in another indictment which included charges of operating and attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a felony; purchase, receipt, acquisition and be in possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine or another controlled substance, a felony; two counts of exposure of children to the manufacture of methamphetamine, both felonies; and conspiracy, a felony.
* Along with Jeffrey, Andrea Simmons, 22, Zebediah Hamrick, 33, and Deanna Nelson, 29, were named in the indictment and were charged with the same felonies. The allegations stem from an incident on Aug. 1, 2012, which was investigated by Chief Deputy J. D. Smith of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.
* Richard Noke, 44, was indicted on one count of manufacturing of a controlled substance, a felony. It is alleged in the indictment that Noke was growing marijuana. The plants were initially discovered by the State Police during its summer marijuana eradication efforts on July 15, 2011. The case was investigated by Trooper S.E. McCullough.
* Timothy Bowe, 58, was indicted on one count of manufacturing of a controlled substance, a felony. It is alleged in the indictment that Bowe was growing marijuana. This grow was initially discovered by the West Virginia State Police during its summer marijuana eradication efforts on Sept. 19, 2012. This case was investigated by Sgt. O. S. Starsick of the State Police.
* Dustin Hillegas, 26, was indicted on one count of sexual abuse in the first-degree, a felony, and one count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, a felony. The indictment alleges that Hillegas had sexual contact with a juvenile, who was under the age of 12. This case was investigated by Trooper D. C. Moore of the State Police.
* Gary Paul Ferrell, 62, was indicted on four counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, all felonies; and driving while license revoked for DUI, second offense; brandishing a deadly weapon; assault; and illegal killing of a deer in a closed season, all misdemeanors. Ferrell's indictment alleges that he possessed the firearms in September 2012, on Dec. 22 and on Jan. 4. Further, the indictment alleges the misdemeanor offenses occurred as a result of an incident on Dec. 22, during which Ferrell shot a deer on the property of another and brandished a knife at the landowner. These charges were investigated by Officer C. R. Stephens of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.
(Indictments returned against individuals are merely charges at this time and are not indications of guilt. All of the above defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)