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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Braxton County man indicted on firearm and drug charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Burnsville, West Virginia, man was indicted today by a federal grand jury on firearm and drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Charles William Masters, age 43, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of ”Carry a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime.” Masters is accused of illegally possessing a 9mm pistol while possessing methamphetamine on July 3, 2017 in Lewis County, West Virginia. 

Masters faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the first count, up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for the second count, and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the third count. 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

The investigation was funded in part 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.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated February 21, 2018