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Eight individuals have been sentenced to federal prison, all but one of them for federal drug violations, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Sentenced were:

*Ricky Lee Townsend, 53, of Coxs Mills, West Virginia, sentenced to 100 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

His federal sentence will run concurrent with a Gilmer County state sentence he is currently serving on drug-related charges. His case was investigated by West Virginia State Police.

*Barbara Ann Spiva, 48, of Elkins, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for maintaining a drug-involved premise in Randolph County for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing and using methamphetamine.

Spiva was remanded to the custody of the U.S. marshal's pending designation to a federal institution.

Her case was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police.

U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted Townsend and Spiva.

*Chad Frederick Arbogast, 35, of Belington, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of oxycodone in July 2013. Arbogast, who is free on bond, will self-report to prison on July 15.

*Jonathan Scott Healey, 30, of Elkins, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and one year of supervised release for the use of a communication device to facilitate a drug felony. The Court ordered that Healey's sentence run consecutive to a state sentence he is currently servicing for third degree shoplifting, so he was returned to state custody.

*Keith Allen Poteete, 48, of Elkins, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of buprenorphine within 1,000 feet of a playground. Poteete, who is free on bond, will self-report to prison on July 15.

*Charles Jacob Freeman, 26, of Beverly, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of alprazolam within 1,000 feet of the Beverly Manor. Freeman, who is free on bond, will self-report to prison on July 15.

*Kenneth Franklin Pudder, 32, of Elkins, was sentenced to three years of probation for maintaining a drug-involved premise for the purpose of unlawfully storing and distributing buprenorphine.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn A. Morgan and Stephen D. Warner and were the result of the work of the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Forest Service, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Tucker County Sheriff’s Department and the DEA, assisted by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad.

*Ronald Snyder, 39, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and five years of supervised release for failing to update his sex offender registration.

The court ordered that Snyder’s federal sentence be served consecutively with the state sentence he is currently serving for the delivery of marijuana, so Snyder was returned to state custody. His case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Morgan and investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police.