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

Monday, May 10, 2021

Jefferson County man admits to methamphetamine distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Anthony Parkinson, of Ranson, West Virginia, has admitted to having a large amount of methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Parkinson, 36, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Fifty Grams or More of Methamphetamine.” Parkinson admitted to having 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in January 2020 in Jefferson County.

Parkinson 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 Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 10, 2021