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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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December 9, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Four Upshur County Residents Sentenced
on Methamphetamine Charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA —Four Uphsur County, West Virginia, residents were sentenced on December 8, 2010, in United States District Court in Elkins by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that:

DOYLE J. LANTZ, age 48, was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. LANTZ entered a plea of guilty on September 13, 2010, to one count of aiding and abetting the possession of a chemical, product, and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the intent to facilitate the manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful drug user in possession of eight firearms and ammunition, all of which had been shipped in interstate commerce, on May 27, 2010, in Upshur County. As part of his plea, LANTZ agreed to the forfeiture of the eight firearms and ammunition. LANTZ was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

KEVIN J. COWGER, age 36, was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. COWGER entered a plea of guilty on September 14, 2010, to one count of possessing a chemical, product, and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the intent to facilitate the manufacture of methamphetamine on May 7, 2010, in Uphsur County. COWGER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

FLOYD M. EDWARDS, III, age 34, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. EDWARDS entered a plea of guilty on September 14, 2010, to one count of aiding and abetting the possession of pseudoephedrine knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine on April 17, 2010, in Uphsur County. As part of his plea, EDWARDS admitted to the possession of more than 10 but less than 40 grams of pseudoephedrine, knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. EDWARDS also agreed to the forfeiture of $406.00 as drug proceeds. EDWARDS, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

JOEL ANTHONY PERRY, age 24, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. PERRY entered a plea of guilty on September 29, 2010, to one count of the possession of pseudoephedrine, having reasonable cause to believe it would be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, on January 3, 2010, in Upshur County. As part of his plea, PERRY admitted to the possession of more than 10 but less than 40 grams of pseudoephedrine, knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and were investigated by the Upshur County Sheriffs Department, the Buckhannon Police Department and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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