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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Upshur County man sentenced for his role in a stolen firearms and methamphetamine operation

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Dustin Cain Anderson, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 21 months incarceration for his role in a stolen firearms and meth distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Anderson, age 24, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm – Aiding and Abetting” in January 2018. Anderson admitted to conspiring with others to receive, possess, barter, sell, conceal and dispose of 21 firearms in Upshur County in October 2016. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case 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 investigated. 
 
U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 2, 2018