A Piedmont man has admitted to involvement in a dog fighting ring, U.S. Attorney William J. Inhlenfeld II reports.
Ihlenfeld said Timothy Paul Stewart, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to possessing dogs for dog fighting, as well as conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Ihlenfeld said agents serving a federal drug trafficking indictment at Stewart's Mineral County home in October spotted several weapons in plain view. They obtained a search warrant and returned to the home, seizing the weapons and ammunition as well as 25 grams of cocaine base and $3,968.00 in cash, he said.
While executing the original warrant Ihlenfeld said they discovered evidence of the dog fighting ring, including dogs, dog pelts, cages and training equipment, in Stewart's basement. After obtaining a new search warrant, he said those items also were seized.
Stewart, who remains in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 45 years in prison, Ihlenfeld said. As part of his plea, he said Stewart must forfeit the firearms and cash.
In other cases:
*Stacey L. Williamson, 48, of Flinstone, Md., is free on bond after pleading guilty to theft of government funds. Williamson, a postal service employee, admitted to converting some $1,737 to her own use over a four-month period beginning in March 2013. She faces up to 10 years in prison.
*Carl Chaney, 60, of Springfield pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm. Currently free on bond pending sentencing, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
*Donnie Collins, 28, of Martinsburg, faces a possible life sentence after pleading guilty to felon in possession of a firearm. Ihlenfeld said Collin has four prior felony convictions out of Baltimore.
*Charles F. Waddell, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting to failure to register as a sex offender.
*Michelle Brown, 34, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine and faces up to 20 years in prison.