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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

West Virginia Man Charged With Methamphetamine Trafficking

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Noel Barrera Silva, 25, a foreign national living in Moorefield, West Virginia, was charged today with methamphetamine trafficking after authorities recently recovered a large quantity of the drug from a vehicle Silva was operating, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

According to Ihlenfeld, the West Virginia State Police conducted a traffic stop in Wardensville, West Virginia last week and discovered Silva to be in possession of four pounds of methamphetamine. As a result of the traffic stop, Silva was charged today in federal court by criminal complaint with the felony offense of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” A similar charge that was filed in state court will be dismissed once a federal detainer has been lodged against Silva.

“I commend the efforts of the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the West Virginia State Police in preventing such a large quantity of methamphetamine from hitting the streets of North Central West Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “In light of the increasing influx of methamphetamine from foreign sources, we must remain vigilant in identifying and prosecuting the sources of supply for this highly addictive and dangerous drug.”

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

Updated January 7, 2015