Charleston Woman Indicted on Illegal Firearm Charges

Updated 6 years ago From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth  Goodwin announced that a Charleston woman was indicted today by a federal grand  jury in connection with illegal drug and firearm possession offenses.

According  to a three-count indictment, 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 today 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  on Ross’ Charleston apartment.  According  to the search warrant affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint, police  found $26,825 in cash, over 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. 

The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha  Bureau of Investigations.  Assistant  United States Attorneys Steven Loew is in charge of the prosecution. 

The  case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe  Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United  States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Note:  The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the  defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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