Randolph County man admits to maintaining a drug house


ELKINS– Cory Dean Carpenter, 24, Elkins, has admitted to maintaining a house for drug distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

  Carpenter pled guilty to one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises.” Carpenter admitted to living at 98 Washington Street in Elkins, and making the home available for distributing methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine from January 2017 to March 2017.

   Carpenter faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated. 

   The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

   U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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