Charleston Woman Indicted on Federal Drug and Firearm Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston woman was indicted Tuesday on illegal drug and firearm possession charges, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

Chandra K. Ross, 29, allegedly possessed heroin with intent to distribute on July 18, 2013, near Charleston. The indictment also alleges that on July 18, 2013, Ross possessed three firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

A third count in the indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Charleston alleges that Ross knowingly possessed a .22-caliber revolver which had an obliterated serial number.

On July 18, 2013, police executed a search warrant at Ross’ Charleston apartment. According to the search warrant affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint, police found $26,825 in cash, more than 100 grams of heroin and three handguns at the residence.

Two of the handguns were previously reported stolen and another handgun had an obliterated serial number, the affidavit says. Police also recovered $1,701 in cash from Ross’ purse. The affidavit further says that at the time of the investigation, Ross shared the residence with her three minor children.

Ross faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life in prison and a $1,500,000 fine, if convicted.

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