Man admits to role in meth distribution

ELKINS — A Belington man has admitted to his participation in a methamphetamine distribution operation, United States Attorney William J. Powell announced.

Austin Jay Robinson, 18, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine — aiding and abetting. Robinson admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in Randolph County in April 2017.

Robinson faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department and the Weston Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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