Six E. Panhandle residents charged in wildlife sting
ROMNEY, W.Va. -- Six residents of the Eastern Panhandle have been charged with illegal deer sales and numerous other violations.
Agents with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries executed search warrants earlier this month at two residences in Hedgesville.
The DNR said in a news release that the suspected operation involved the illegal killing and processing of deer, including the sale of deer meat across state lines.
Undercover agents made numerous purchases of butchered deer along with some illegal drugs from the suspects.
Three of the suspects live in Hedgesville. The others were from Glengary, Gerrardstown and Martinsburg.
Charges also are pending in Virginia against suspects on multiple counts of illegally selling wildlife, along with charges for marijuana distribution.