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Hardy County, WV man charged with manufacturing methamphetamine

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Johnny Biggs, 36, of Moorefield, West Virginia, with methamphetamine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Biggs allegedly attempted to manufacture methamphetamine in May 2015 in Hardy County, West Virginia. In May and June 2015, Biggs was discovered in Hardy and Pendleton Counties in possession of materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. These materials included bottles, jars, coffee filters, drain cleaner, lithium batteries, cold medicine, acid, a cold pack, and a hot plate. Following an investigation by the West Virginia State Police, Biggs is charged with:
• One count of “Attempted Manufacture of Methamphetamine,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000, and
• Two counts of “Possession of Material used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each 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 Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

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

Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking