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Press Release

Lincoln County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jeffrey R. Lambert, 63, of Ranger, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 2, 2022, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Lambert’s residence and found approximately 186 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 57 grams of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, several firearms, and $4,402.  Lambert admitted that he possessed and intended to distribute the seized controlled substances.

Lambert further admitted to selling a total of approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine on four occasions between July 25, 2022 and August 1, 2022, each time to a confidential informant in the Ranger area of Lincoln County.

Lambert is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2, 2024, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a $5 million fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force, which consists of members of the Mingo County Sheriff's Office, the Logan County Sheriff's Office, the Boone County Sheriff's Office, and the West Virginia State Police.

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is prosecuting the case.

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. 2:24-cr-14.



Updated July 1, 2024

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