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Two West Virginia women admit to their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Buckhannon, West Virginia women and a Wallace, West Virginia woman have admitted to their participation in a meth distribution operation, United States Attorney William J. Powell announced.

Melissa Ann Masuga, 33, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Masuga admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in Upshur County and elsewhere from March 2016 to September 2017.

Clarrisa Michelle Adkins, 24, Wallace, West Virginia, pled guilty to “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Adkins admitted to illegally possessing a .40-caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol in Upshur County in April 2017.

Masuga faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Adkins faces up to 10 years incarceration 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 Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department are investigating. 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated October 31, 2017

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