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NICHOLAS CO. MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTION CHARGE

Brian Crouse doled out up to 1500 grams of methamphetamine from his residence in Belva, W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Nicholas County man faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty today to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Brian Craig Crouse, 50, of Nicholas County, W.Va., sold methamphetamine and other controlled substances from his Belva, Nicholas County residence from at least January 2011until being arrested on January 29, 2013.  Crouse pleaded guilty today in federal court in Charleston.   

During the scheme, Crouse obtained methamphetamine from various suppliers.  Crouse received the methamphetamine “on the front” with the expectation that he would pay his suppliers after the methamphetamine was sold. 

Crouse sold a total of between 500 grams and 1500 grams of methamphetamine during the distribution scheme.

Crouse is scheduled to be sentenced on August 20, 2013 by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. 

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