Upshur man admits to a firearms charge

ELKINS — A Buckhannon man has admitted to his role in a firearms theft and sale scheme, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced recently.

Dustin Cain Anderson, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm — aiding and abetting. He admitted to conspiring with others to receive, possess, barter, sell, conceal and dispose of 21 firearms in Upshur County in October 2016.

Anderson faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. 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