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Three sentenced in methamphetamine trafficking operation

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Garland Samuel Butler, 51, Samuel Scott Butler, 24, and Kate Lynn Baker, 21, all of Saint Marys, West Virginia, were sentenced in federal court this week for their role in a methamphetamine trafficking operation, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

The defendants sentenced this week were among six individuals charged in a 19-count federal indictment in June 2015 stemming from a methamphetamine trafficking operation in Pleasants County, West Virginia. They were each discovered in possession of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. They each pled guilty in August 2015 to one count of “Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.”
Samuel Butler was sentenced to 24 months in prison. Garland Butler and Kate Lynn Baker were each sentenced to probation for a term of two years.

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, Jr. presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

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