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Gilmer County man admits to role in drug distribution operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Waitman Larry Frederick, of Glenville, West Virginia, has admitted to his role in a drug distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Frederick, also known as “Cornbread,” age 42, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine ,” one count of “Aiding and Abetting Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises ,” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” 

Frederick admitted to working with others to distribute large quantities of crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” from July 2018 to November 2018 in Gilmer County and elsewhere. Frederick also admitted to operating a residence located at 18 East Main Street, Apartment C in Glenville for the purpose of distributing the drug. He also was illegally in possession of 10 different firearms.

Frederick faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the conspiracy count, faces at least 10 years and up to life incarceration for the aiding and abetting count, faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $500,000 for the drug premises count, and faces at least five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms 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 Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Lakes Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated November 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses