18-yr-old pleads guilty to meth charge

ELKINS — Another individual has pleaded guilty to a charge in a  methamphetamine distribution operation, according to a release from U.S. Attorney William J. Powell’s office.

Austin Jay Robinson, 18, of Belington, entered a guilty plea this week to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine — aiding and abetting. The release states Robinson admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in Randolph County in April 2017.

Robinson could garner up to 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine. However, under the federal sentencing guidelines the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Warner is prosecuting the case.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department and the Weston Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi presided.

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