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Pleasants County man convicted in methamphetamine trafficking operation

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Garland Samuel Butler, 51, of Saint Marys, West Virginia, was convicted for his role in manufacturing methamphetamine, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Butler, also known as “Sam,” was discovered in Pleasants County, West Virginia, in possession of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. He pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging him with one count of “Possession of Material used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” He faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Shawn Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Pleasant’s County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

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