Waynesburg man faces federal indictment in heroin case

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A Waynesburg man arrested earlier this month by state police on drug charges was arrested again Thursday on a federal grand jury indictment for conspiracy to distribute heroin.


Tyler Jay Hoyle, 22, of 185 Bradford Road, Waynesburg, and Amanda Allison, 26, of Cameron W.Va., were arrested by agents of the Marshall County, W.Va., Drug Task Force on charges contained in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury Tuesday, said a release issued by U. S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.


Hoyle and Allison were each charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin for activities that occurred between January and April 6, in Cameron.


Allison was also charged with three counts of illegal use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of heroin, two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of distribution of oxycodone. WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio, reported Thursday that Allison is a substitute teacher for Marshall County, W.Va., Schools and head coach of the junior varsity girls basketball team at Cameron High School.


The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $10,600, which was seized during the investigation and constitutes proceeds from the drug activity, the release said.


The two defendants appeared in court Thursday for an initial appearance. Allison was released with conditions and Hoyle was remanded to custody pending a detention hearing.


If convicted, the two face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the conspiracy charge. In addition, Allison faces up to 4 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the phone charges and 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine on the distribution charges, according to the release.


Hoyle also was arrested April 6 by state police following a traffic stop on Grimes Run Road in Franklin Township.


Police said they stopped Hoyle for an invalid registration and he gave permission for a search of the car after police detected the odor of marijuana.


Cpl. Steven Dowlin retrieved a bag of suspected marijuana, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and $3,257 from the car.


Hoyle was taken to the state police barracks, where he allegedly admitted to Dowlin he routinely sold heroin from a residence at 1160 N. Porter St., Waynesburg.


Dowlin said Hoyle also told him about a recent gun purchase and told police where the gun was located. They found and seized a .40-caliber pistol from a box inside a tree behind the residence on Porter Street.


Hoyle was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, prohibited possession of a firearm, possessing a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two summary traffic offenses.


He was placed in the Greene County jail in lieu of $30,000 straight cash bond. His preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for April 15 before District Judge Lee Watson, was subsequently continued. A new hearing date has not been scheduled.


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