3 plead guilty to federal drug charges

CHARLESTON – Three Parkersburg residents on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in the U.S. District Court in Southern West Virginia.

Brandon Mykel Perdew, 21; Samuel Shae White, 25; and Sarah Nichole Miller, 21, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Perdew and Miller admitted that no later than the summer of 2011 until April, they were involved in distributing crack cocaine in and around Wood County, Goodwin said. Perdew obtained the crack cocaine from Columbus, according to the U.S. attorney.

Perdew and Miller admitted during the scheme, they made trips to Columbus to obtain the illegal drugs where they distributed it in and around Parkersburg or provided it to other sellers, including White, to distribute in and around Parkersburg. White admitted joining the conspiracy in January, Goodwin said.

On Jan. 20, the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force used a confidential informant to purchase 1.09 grams of crack cocaine from Perdew, according to Goodwin. On March 13, the task force used an informant to purchase 1.13 grams of crack cocaine from White, Goodwin said. On April 16, 2012, law enforcement agents also used an informant to purchase a quantity of crack cocaine from Perdew, Goodwin said.

Each of the drug transactions occurred at 1330 Staunton Ave. in Parkersburg, Goodwin said.

The defendants admitted that the Staunton Avenue residence was rented by Miller in November 2011 and used for storing and selling crack cocaine during the conspiracy, Goodwin said.

Miller admitted that on March 8, she drove White to a residence on Hill Street in Parkersburg where White sold about 1.77 grams of crack to an informant working with law enforcement agents, Goodwin said.

On April 18, law enforcement officers observed Miller drive away from the Staunton Avenue residence in a 2003 Volkswagen Passat, Goodwin said. Officers executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized 59.4 grams of crack cocaine, two sets of digital scales and a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol that contained a loaded magazine with 12 rounds of ammunition, Goodwin said.

Also on April 18, the Task Force executed a search warrant at the 113 Staunton Ave. residence and seized several items, including a stolen M&P 15-22, .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle and a G&P WASR semiautomatic rifle, Goodwin said.

Agents arrested Perdew and White at the time the search warrant was executed. Perdew admitted that he had a key to the Staunton Avenue residence on his person and $1,005 in cash, Goodwin said.

Perdew, White and Miller each face a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when they are sentenced on April 11 by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

The case was investigated by the task force. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecutions.