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Mother, son accused of key roles in Winchester crack ring

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

One of eight defendants accused by federal authorities of extensively trafficking crack around the Winchester area allowed other defendants in the case to use properties he was renting for illicit activities, according to records filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

The properties rented by David Shiflett were located at 1803 Henry Ave. and 400 N. Loudon St. apartment 1B, according to a statement of facts filed in the case. Shiflett agreed to plead guilty in July to maintaining a property for the purpose of manufacturing, selling or using crack. The charge was one of 29 counts issued against the defendants.

Thus far, two other defendants, Kathy Wheeling and Sycarra Chinn, also agreed to plead guilty.

The statement of facts describes a ring "supervised and guided" by Nikki Williams, identified as the mother of one defendant, Anthony Williams. The document states that Williams "maintained the written records and documentation concerning the organization's drug sales and gave instructions to the other members of the conspiracy regarding what to do with proceeds of the drug sales."

As an example of her role, the document states that Williams told her son and other members of the ring to send drug proceeds by wire transfer to Florida.

The statement of facts describes Shiflett and Wheeling as crack users. Wheeling allowed Chinn, Anthony Williams, Demario Coffee and Alphonso Britton to conduct drug activities out of a leased apartment at 122 Ward Avenue, apartment No. 3, according to the court file.

Chinn and Coffee "worked together to distribute and sell cocaine base to a confidential informant" on June 16, 2011, according to the statement of facts.

The document states the conspiracy operated for a period lasting from May 2009 to April 2012 and led to the distribution of more than 500 grams of a substance containing "a detectable amount of cocaine base."

The drug was obtained by Britton who distributed it to Anthony Williams, Coffee, Chinn and Santonio Minus for repackaging and distribution to the ring's customers, according to the statement of facts.

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