Man gets 101 months in prison for meth, gun crimes in Lewis Co.

ELKINS, W.Va. – Charles William Masters, of Burnsville, W.Va., was sentenced to 101 months incarceration for firearms and drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced Wednesday morning.

Masters, 44, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of “Carry a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime” in April 2018.

Masters admitted to illegally possessing a 9mm pistol while possessing methamphetamine on July 3, 2017 in Lewis County, W.Va.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

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