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Grand Jury Indictments Issued in Beckley

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The Grand Jury for the United States Southern District of West Virginia issued three indictments Thursday, including two cases from the WVNS viewing area.

Brandon Elliot, 21, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley faces charges of possession of a weapon by an inmate, a federal offense. According to a press release from Assistant U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office, Elliot was found in possession of a "shank" on January 23, 2012.

If convicted, Elliot faces an additional charge of 5 years imprisonment and up to $250,000 in fines. The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Prisons.

Also indicted Wednesday was William Edward Crawford, 45, of Port Orange Florida. According to Grand Jury documents, on March 8, 2011 Crawford was found in possession of a significant quantity of oxycodone in the area of Beaver in Raleigh County.

On the same day, Edwards was found in possession of a .25 caliber handgun. In addition to  the charge of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, he faces an addition charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,250,000.

Also indicted Wednesday was 34-year-old Clifford Stafford of Akron, Ohio, who faces up to 20 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was arrested December 14, 2011 in South Charleston.