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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Brooke County man pleads guilty to firearm, drug charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Patrick Hauck, 34, of Wellsburg, West Virginia, has been convicted of federal drug and gun charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Hauck, who has prior felony convictions for “Breaking and Entering” in Brooke County and “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm” in federal court, was discovered in possession of a 7.62 caliber rifle in January 2015.  In February 2015, he possessed pseudoephedrine that was to be used to make methamphetamine.

He pled guilty on Wednesday to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.”

Hauck faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearm charge and up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the drug charge. 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 David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, and the Follansbee Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated August 18, 2016