Moran admits to drug and counterfeit charges


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man entered guilty pleas to drug and counterfeit charges in federal court Tuesday.

According to Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard, Garry William Moran II, age 41, pleaded guilty June 8 to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Counterfeit Obligations. During his plea hearing in Clarksburg on Tuesday, Moran reportedly admitted to the drug and counterfeit charges for which he was detained by U.S. Marshals earlier this year.

As previously reported by The Record Delta, a sting operation led by the U.S. Marshals Service captured Moran near Sheetz on the morning of March 17. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department assisted U.S. Marshals during the takedown as a result of bench warrants from the Northern District Federal Court, according to Chief Deputy Mike Coffman.

The defendant reportedly admitted to possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell from January to May 2019 in Upshur County and elsewhere. Moran also admitted to possessing $1,100 in counterfeit bills in Upshur County in May 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Following his admission of guilt, Moran now faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine up to $1,000,000 for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. He also faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 for Possession of Counterfeit Obligations.

The actual sentence imposed on Moran will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and any prior criminal history, as directed under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The Mountain Lakes Drug Task Force, along with the U.S. Secret Service, investigated the case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided over Moran’s case, which was prosecuted on behalf of the federal government by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower.

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