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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Friday, January 26, 2018

Barbour County man admits to his role in a firearms conspiracy

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Volga, West Virginia man has admitted today to his role in a firearms theft and sale scheme, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. 

Aaron Matthew McLain, age 37, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of Stolen Firearm - Aiding and Abetting.” McLain admitted to receiving, possessing, bartering or selling two firearms in Barbour County in October 2016.

McLain 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 cases 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. 

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 26, 2018