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Hardy County man admits to drug charge

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – David Lee Hockenberry, of Fisher, West Virginia, has admitted to a drug charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Hockenberry, 48, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute More Than Five Grams of Methamphetamine.” Hockenberry admitted to having more than five grams of methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth” and “ice,” in Hardy County in March 2021.

Hockenberry faces at least five years and up to 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000. 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 case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated February 9, 2022

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