Operation Smoke and Mirrors Update: Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a Bluefield man entered a guilty plea to a federal drug distribution charge. Lansen Waugh, 38, pled guilty to distribution of a quantity of hydromorphone, admitting that on August 8, 2017, he distributed hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant in Princeton. Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
“The Bluefield Pill Initiative continues,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “My Office, along with law enforcement partners such as the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, are committed to curtailing the illegal trafficking of opioid painkillers. Waugh now faces a significant sentence for his reckless, criminal, and dangerous conduct.”
Waugh also admitted that he sold hydromorphone pills in Green Valley and in Bluefield. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 3, 2018.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John File. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the plea hearing.
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