BECKLEY, W.Va. – Cayla Danielle Lindsay, 28, of Beckley, pleaded guilty today to using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, Lindsay admitted that on July 23, 2020, during a traffic stop of a car she was driving in Beckley, law enforcement officers found approximately 27 grams of heroin that she intended to distribute. They also found a Springfield, XDS 9, 9mm semi-automatic pistol Lindsay was carrying at the time. Lindsay also admitted that on May 6, 2021, she possessed a SCCY, CPX-2, 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The firearm was found during a search law enforcement conducted at her residence in Beckley. Lindsay acknowledged that at the time she possessed the firearm, she knew she had been previously convicted in federal court of the felony offense of distribution of oxycodone and was prohibited from possessing firearms.
Lindsay faces up to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, followed by a mandatory consecutive five years for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime when she is sentenced on February 4, 2022.
United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit.
United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is handling the prosecution.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:21-cr-00090.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of West Virginia