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Lewis County man indicted on drug and firearms charges

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – John David Davisson, of Weston, West Virginia, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on firearms and methamphetamine distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Davisson, age 27, is charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Carry a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime,” and one count of “Obliterated Serial Number.” Davisson is accused of possessing a .45-caliber pistol and two 9mm pistols while possessing crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, in October 2017 in Lewis County. The .45-caliber pistol was allegedly stolen, and one of the 9mm pistols had an obliterated serial number.

Davisson faces up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the carry during a drug crime count, 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the methamphetamine count, up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 fine for each of the remaining counts. 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 D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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

Updated June 19, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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