Moore Gets 1-15 Years For Heroin Intent Charge
Dustin Michael Moore, 21, of New Martinsville, pleaded guilty before the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel on Friday to one information count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver.
For this offense, Moore was sentenced to one to 15 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men. Moore may eventually file a petition for early release and be placed in drug court once he serves a minimum of six months in prison. After completing the drug court program, Moore would also be required to serve one year of supervised probation.
Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught remarked that if Moore successfully completes the drug court program, the plea allows Moore to withdraw his guilty plea and instead plea to simple possession, a misdemeanor.
Moore stated he became addicted to drugs after breaking his wrist when he was younger and being prescribed pain pills.
Moore stated that he actually got rid of all his possessions, including a car given to him by his parents, selling them to get high. He stated he didn’t realize the “type of hold” his addiction could have on him. He added he hasn’t used drugs since the day he got arrested.
When asked by Judge Hummel how his detoxes were, Moore stated that it “was about nine days worth of not being able to eat or get out of bed.” He said he also had cold sweats and shaking. “It wasn’t good. I definitely regretted what I did to myself,” said Moore.
Haught stated that in this case there was a traffic stop in which the defendant was driving the vehicle. Haught added that a search of the immediate area around the defendant turned up six heroin stamps. Haught stated that Moore had said he was going to give the stamps to another person who allowed him to use the vehicle he was driving.
On his Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Office’s Facebook page, Haught gave credit to New Martinsville Police Department Officer Sergeant Don Larsen for making the arrest.
In another matter, Diana S. Drennen, 25, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. C-202, New Martinsville, also appeared in Wetzel County Circuit Court on a petition to revoke her probation.
Drennen, alongside attorney Jeremiah Gardner, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and will return to court Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.
Drennen pleaded guilty July 15 to delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana). At this time, she was sentenced to one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women, with credit for eight days already served. However, the execution of this prison sentence was suspended and Drennen was placed on probation for two years, as well as ordered to participate in drug court.