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Harrison County man admits to drug and firearms charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Richard Warren Wilkinson, of Salem, West Virginia, has admitted to maintaining a drug house and a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Wilkinson, age 40, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm as a Drug User” and one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises.” Wilkinson, who is prohibited from having a firearm, admitted to having a 9mm pistol and a rifle in Harrison County in August 2015. Wilkinson also admitted to maintaining a home on Lick Run Road in Salem, West Virginia to manufacture, store, and distribute marijuana from March to August 2015.

Wilkinson faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms charge and faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $500,000 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 Andrew R. Cogar is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated September 19, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses