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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jefferson County, WV man sentenced to 10 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Kearneysville, West Virginia resident Francisco Gaspar Sanchez, 57, originally of Mexico, was sentenced to 121 months in prison for methamphetamine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Evidence presented during a two day trail in February 2016 indicated that Sanchez conspired with another individual to sell crystal methamphetamine in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Specifically, Sanchez was discovered in possession of methamphetamine in Jefferson County in April 2014.

Following the trial, a jury found Sanchez guilty of one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” He was sentenced to 121 months in prison on each count. The sentences will run concurrently for a total of 121 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Camilletti and Anna Krasinski, along with Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher, also of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 17, 2016