Randolph County man indicted on methamphetamine charges
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Eric Allen Harris, of Beverly, West Virginia, was arraigned today after being indicted by a federal grand sitting in Elkins on February 20, 2019 on drug distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Harris, age 38, was indicted on two counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Harris is accused of distributing methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” in April, May, and September 2018 in Randolph County.
Harris faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 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 prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force investigated.
The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Updated March 11, 2019