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Buckhannon man admits drug and counterfeit charges

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Garry William Moran, II, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, has admitted to drug and counterfeit charges, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Moran, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” and one count of “Possession of Counterfeit Obligations.” Moran admitted to having methamphetamine to sell from January to May 2019 in Upshur County and elsewhere. Moran also admitted to having $1,100 in counterfeit bills in May 2019 in Upshur County.

Moran faces up to 20 years of incarceration and fine of up to $1,000,000 for the drug charge and faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the counterfeit charge. 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 Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Lakes Dru Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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