The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 10, 2014

Two appear in federal drug court in Beckley

Two defendants appeared before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger on drug charges in federal court in Beckley.

Michael Harshaw, 38, of Hinton, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to using a telephone on Oct. 3, 2012, to set up a transaction in which he distributed five oxycodone pills to a person cooperating with authorities.

He also admitted that on Oct. 10, 2012, he possessed a quantity of pills containing alprazolam, also known as Xanax. Both offenses occurred in Hinton.

Harshaw received an additional two years in prison for violating the conditions of supervised release imposed in connection with a previous federal drug conviction.

His case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John File.

Tiffany Rose Arbogast, 24, of Lewisburg, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin in Lewisburg to a person cooperating with authorities on Dec. 15, 2012.  Arborgast also admitted that she had distributed between 5 and 10 grams of heroin over a period of time.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million when she is sentenced on Oct. 23, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force in connection with the Greenbrier County Heroin and Pill Initiative.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney John File.

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