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Press Release

Wood County Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possession of Methamphetamine and Multiple Firearms

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Wood County man found last year to be in possession of methamphetamine and multiple firearms, including a machine gun, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for drug and gun crimes.

According to court documents and statements made in court, a search warrant was executed at the Vienna residence of Evan Rockwell McEwuen, 25, on August 5, 2020.  McEwuen was located in the residence at the time of the search and law enforcement officers found 149 grams of methamphetamine, over $14,000 in United States currency, plastic baggies, digital scales and four firearms in the room where McEwuen was located.  One firearm was loaded and was equipped with a device designed to convert the firearm into a machine gun.  A subsequent inspection confirmed that the firearm was successfully converted into a machine gun and was capable of fully automatic fire.  Officers also found approximately 143 grams of additional methamphetamine along with a sawed-off shotgun, plastic baggies and digital scales in a truck and construction trailer parked outside of McEwuen’s residence.  In total, officers located over 2000 rounds of ammunition during the execution of the search warrant.  McEwuen admitted to possessing all the evidence seized by law enforcement and that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine to others.  McEwuen was not legally permitted to possess firearms due to a 2016 felony conviction in the Circuit Court of Wood County for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. McEwuen pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms by a felon in May 2021. 

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Vienna Police Department, the Parkersburg Police Department, the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force and the United States Marshals Service (USMS). 

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeremy B. Wolfe and Joshua C. Hanks 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. 2:20-cr-00166.





Updated September 16, 2021

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