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

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hardy County man sentenced for role in drug trafficking operation

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Richard Allan Howell, of Moorefield, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 130 months of incarceration for his role in a drug distribution operation, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Howell, 43, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Howell admitted to having methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth” or “ice,” in October 2018 in Hardy County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Moorefield Police Department investigated. The task force consists of the FBI, the West Virginia State Police, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keyser Police Department.

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

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Drug Trafficking
Updated April 14, 2022