(5:17 PM) Federal Grand Jury Indicts 3 City Residents In Meth Ring

A federal grand jury has indicted three Jamestown residents on charges of narcotics conspiracy.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced the indictments against 35-year-old Richard E. Kinsey Jr., 23-year-old Brandi M. Whitford and 39-year-old Terrence M. McRae.

Kinsey and Whitford are also facing charges of using and maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, while McRae is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, between September 2019 and Oct. 23, the three city residents “conspired to sell methamphetamine in the Jamestown area.”

On Sept. 6, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a state search warrant at the residence of Kinsey and Whitford. Both were home at the time, and McRae was also present.

As officers entered, McRae was observed exiting the residence to a second story porch roof, where he reportedly made a throwing motion. Officers observed a firearm flying through the air from McRae’s direction to the ground where it was recovered.

During the search warrant, investigators recovered three additional firearms, 8 ounces of suspected methamphetamine throughout the apartment, about $11,000 in U.S. currency, assorted ammunition and drug paraphernalia to include scales and packaging material.

All three are being detained following their arraignment. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10 million fine.


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