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Barbour County man sentenced for drug charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Theodore Edward Coontz, of Belington, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 70 months of incarceration for a methamphetamine charge, United States Attorney William J, Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Coontz, 48, pleaded guilty in April 2021 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Coontz admitted to having methamphetamine in August 2020 in Barbour County.

Coontz also was ordered to forfeit two pistols, a revolver, a shotgun, a rifle, ammunition, and $1,538 in cash found during a traffic stop and a subsequent search of his home.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mountain Region Drug Task Force, and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated October 28, 2021

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