Guilty plea out of meth bust

A Beverly woman pleaded guilty Friday to selling drugs and operating a meth lab out of her home and was subsequently sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Donna Glendenning, 51, of 570 Albright Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs and a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs.

During the execution of a search warrant at Glendenning’s home on Nov. 17, agents from the Major Crimes Task Force found Glendenning and two other men running an active red phosphorus methamphetamine manufacturing operation, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

Several chemicals used to make meth were found in the home as well as both liquid and powdered methamphetamine, he said.

“Ms. Glendenning admitted being involved, including financing the purchase of various products used in the manufacturing and purchasing some of the products,” said Schneider.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, a third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs against Glendenning was dismissed.

Sean M. Yoho, 39, of 610 29th St., Vienna, W.Va. and Dirk E. Filon, 29, of 120 Wells Ave., Marietta, were also present in Glendenning’s home during the execution of the search warrant. Both were indicted on a second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs and a third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

Glendenning also admitted to twice selling drugs to a confidential informant.

On Jan. 31, Glendenning sold two fentanyl patches to a confidential informant, said Schneider.

On Feb. 5, the same confidential informant purchased eight hydromorphone pills from Glendenning, he said.

Part of the plea agreement reduced the second drug sale from a third- to a fourth-degree felony, noted Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.

After the plea, Burnworth proceeded straight to sentencing and ordered a prison sentence on each charge-18 months on the third-degree felony drug trafficking charge, six months on the fourth-degree felony drug trafficking charge and three years on the second-degree felony illegal manufacture charge.

“The first two sentences will run concurrent with each other but consecutively with the illegal manufacture charge,” he said.

Glendenning will serve a total of four and a half years in prison. She faced up to 12 and a half years on the charges.

Filon pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to a second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs and will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. March 6.

Yoho has not pleaded guilty to any charges surrounding the event.