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Mexican national convicted of methamphetamine trafficking in Hardy County, WV

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Noel Barrera Silva, 26, a Mexican national living in Moorefield, West Virginia, was convicted of methamphetamine trafficking today in federal court after authorities recovered a large amount of the drug from a vehicle Silva was operating, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

The West Virginia State Police conducted a traffic stop in Wardensville, West Virginia in December 2014 and discovered Silva to be in possession of four pounds of methamphetamine.  Silva pled guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.”  He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking