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

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Kanawha County Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County man was sentenced today to 45 months in federal prison for drug and gun crimes.  Ricky Lee Clark, Sr., 53, of St. Albans, previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of firearms, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

According to court documents, a member of the St. Albans Police Department pulled over Clark’s truck on July 2, 2019. At the time, Clark’s truck was being driven by a woman and he was the passenger.  Handgun ammunition was recovered from the truck and Clark had approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket. When law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence later that day, they recovered six firearms. Clark is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because of a prior felony conviction for conspiring to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the St. Albans Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Marshals Service.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Nowles Heinrich handled the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-00034.




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Updated July 22, 2021