South Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Gun and Meth Charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A South Charleston man pled guilty today to distribution of methamphetamine and felon in possession of firearms charges announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Brandon Starr Clemons, 33, entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“Meth. Felon. Guns,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “We’re prosecuting so many of these cases, I’m starting to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Great work as always by MDENT and ATF.”
On December 12 and 13, 2016 Clemons sold methamphetamine to an MDENT informant. On December 13, 2016, police executed a search warrant at Clemons’ Ford Street address in South Charleston where they recovered two semiautomatic pistols. Clemons told the officers that he had sold approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in the days leading up to his arrest. Clemons had previously been convicted in Kanawha County Circuit Court in 2008 of delivery of a controlled substance.
Clemons faces up to 30 years in federal prison when his is sentenced on June 20, 2019. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is responsible for the prosecution.
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