Two Heroin Defendants Plead Guilty,?Third Reaches Impasse
In Wetzel County Circuit Court on Friday Natacia L. Lallathin, 27, of 906 1/2 Meadow Heights, Paden City, pleaded guilty to her one count indictment of the felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). A pre-sentence report is being conducted and Lallathin will return Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m. for a sentencing hearing. Until then she is remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.
On Oct. 4 Lallathin entered a plea of innocence for her one-count indictment of the felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) for her offense said to have occurred on or about Sept. 1 in Wetzel County wherein she allegedly conspired with Brock I. McMahon, Joshua R. Mathews, and Colby J. Acree to deliver heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.
During a traffic stop for a burned out headlamp made near The Coffee Cup on state Route 2 in New Martinsville, Patrolman Tony Thomas and Detective Donnie Harris found probable cause to search the vehicle and found a small amount of heroin stamps allegedly being transported back from Pittsburgh.
Each subject admitted to using some of the heroin purchased in Pittsburgh and Acree, Mathews, and McMahon admitted to knowing they were going to Pittsburgh to purchase heroin.
Joshua Ryan Mathews, 29, of 927 Bolen Road, Paden City, pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 by way of information for a one-count felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). Mathews was to return to Wetzel County Circuit Court Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. for his sentencing hearing. However, that hearing was continued.
On Oct. 27 Colby J. Acree, 20, of 203 South Second Avenue, Paden City, was present before Judge Karl. Attorney Kevin Neiswonger spoke on behalf of Acree’s attorney, David White, saying negotiations were ongoing. A return date was set for Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.