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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pocahontas County man charged with illegal possession of a firearm

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia, returned an indictment charging Archie Ray Arbogast, 40, of Dunmore, West Virginia, with illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Arbogast, who had previously been convicted of the felony offense “Possession of Material Use in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine” in federal court in the Northern District of West Virginia, was allegedly found in possession of a .22 caliber rifle, in Pendleton County, West Virginia in May 2016.

Arbogast was charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm.” He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 for each count. 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 handling the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, and the West Virginia State Police is investigating.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Firearms Offenses
Updated November 16, 2016