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Two admit to meth charges in federal court

September 7, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Kanawha County man found with more than 800 grams of meth in Hurricane, West Virginia, in 2016 faces at least 10 years in federal prison after admitting his guilt Wednesday.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Shane Steven Thaxton, 41, of Sissonville, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

As part of his plea, Thaxton admitted he drove from West Virginia to Georgia in May 2016 to get meth to distribute, which was then concealed in a spare tire for the drive home. During the return trip, Thaxton’s vehicle was stopped in Hurricane and law enforcement discovered more than 800 grams of meth in the hidden location.

He faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison at his Jan. 7, 2019, sentencing.

In a separate, unrelated case, Casey Marie Porter, 20, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting in the distribution of meth.

Porter admitted a confidential informant called her Jan. 31 to arrange the purchase of meth. Porter told the buyer to come to her home to meet another person for the product. The informant went to the home and received 15 grams of meth in exchange for $350.

She was arrested Feb. 2 after a search warrant was executed at her home, where additional quantities of meth and heroin were seized.

She faces up to 20 years in federal prison at her Jan. 7, 2019, sentencing.

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