New charges filed against former Greene Co. substitute

June 12, 2013
Amanda Jean Allison

A Cameron, W.Va., woman out on bail on federal drug charges was arrested by state police June 7 in Jefferson Township after they were called to the site of a possible drug overdose.

Amanda Jean Allison, 27, of 512 Rock Lick Road, told police she passed out while driving along Route 21 near Gwynn Road after injecting herself with four stamp bags of heroin. Police found the empty stamp bags on the passenger seat and a needle on the passenger side floor of Allison’s Jeep Wrangler. Allison refused treatment by EMS Southwest. Allison is charged with use and possession or drug paraphernalia.

On April 18, Allison and Tyler Jay Hoyle, 22, of 185 Bradford Run Road, Waynesburg, were arrested after an indictment was returned against them by a federal grand jury in West Virginia. Allison was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, 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.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $10,600 seized during the investigation that came from the proceeds of drug activity. 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.

Hoyle was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. He previously had been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police April 6 following a traffic stop in Franklin Township. He was charged with manufacturing, delivering or possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver, prohibited possession of a firearm, possession of a small amount of marijuana and summary offenses. Those charges have been withdrawn.

Allison and Hoyle are alleged to have been involved in selling heroin in the Cameron area from January to the first week of April.

At the time of her arrest in April, Allison was a substitute teacher for Marshall County, W.Va., School District and the junior varsity girls’ basketball coach at Cameron High School. Two years ago she was a substitute in West Greene School District. West Greene instituted pre-employment drug testing in the district for substitute employees and security staff in July. Prior to that only permanent hires were required to undergo the tests.

Allison has been remanded to the Northern Regional Jail, Moundsville, W.Va., without bail.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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