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Randolph County man charged with drug and firearms crimes

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher Daniel Smith, of Elkins, West Virginia, was indicted today on drug and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Smith, age 36, is charged with one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin,” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Smith, who was previously convicted of a felony and is prohibited from having a firearm, is accused of having methamphetamine, heroin, a .380 caliber pistol, a .45 caliber pistol, and a .22 caliber rifle in January 2018 in Randolph County. 

Smith faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each drug count and faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms 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 prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force; the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office; and the Elkins Police Department investigated.

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

Updated December 17, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses