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Dunbar Man Sentenced to Prison for Gun and Meth Crimes

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Brandon Starr Clemons, 33, of Dunbar, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Stuart commended the efforts of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). 

“No, it’s not Groundhog Day,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart, “but, yes, we’ve convicted yet another felon caught with firearms and dealing meth and he’s going to prison for a substantial stay.”

Clemons pled guilty in March 2019, admitting that he sold methamphetamine to an MDENT informant in December 2016 and that he possessed two firearms at a residence in South Charleston when he was arrested on December 13, 2016.  Clemons was prohibited from possessing the Lorcin, .380 and Hi-Point, 9mm pistols due to his having been convicted in Kanawha County Circuit Court of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in 2008.  

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks handled the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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Updated June 20, 2019

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