Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Conspiracy
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man caught selling methamphetamine in July and September 2017 pled guilty yesterday to a federal drug conspiracy charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Michael Ginther, 35, entered his guilty plea to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. Stuart lauded the joint investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West, and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department STOP Team.
“An unbelievable amount of meth is being trafficked in Kanawha County and surrounding areas,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “My office and my law enforcement partners are working together like never before to disrupt and dismantle meth distribution networks operating throughout southern West Virginia.”
Ginther admitted that from at least June 2017 to September 2017, he allowed his residence to be used by Melody Legg to distribute methamphetamine in Kanawha County. As part of the plea agreement, Ginther admitted to distributing approximately 9 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant in July 2017.
Ginther faces at least 5 years but not more than 40 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on October 3, 2018.
The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.
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