The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 31, 2013

Woman pleads in meth case

A Nicholas County woman faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court Tuesday before U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Rachel Petrey, 32, admitted she manufactured meth using a technique known as the “shake and bake” at various residences in and around Nicholas County.

During the scheme, Petrey also taught several other individuals, including Felicia Bess, 23, of Summersville, how to cook meth.

Bess was sentenced in February to three years in federal prison for manufacturing meth.

Petrey also provided user amounts of methamphetamine to several associates in exchange for their assistance in obtaining meth-making materials.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.  

The U.S. Forestry Service, the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department and the Richwood Police Department conducted the investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is in charge of the prosecution.

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