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Lincoln County man sentenced on federal drug, gun charges

November 28, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Lincoln County man was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to federal drug and gun charges related to a January incident in Hurricane.

Chad Anthony Wilson, 27, of West Hamlin, had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.

“Fentanyl. Meth. Firearm. Dangerous and deadly,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart via a press release. “If you are a drug dealer like Wilson, look over your shoulder, our law enforcement partners will find you. And if you are carrying a firearm during your drug crimes, expect significant prison time.”

Wilson admitted that late at night on Jan. 8, 2018, he was sitting in his Chevy Impala, which was parked across all the dividers in the parking lot of American Inn in Hurricane. A Hurricane police officer approached the car, introduced himself, and saw a bag containing a crystal substance consistent with methamphetamine in the center console of the vehicle. When the officer asked if there were any weapons in the car, Wilson told the officer that he had a gun in the passenger seat, though he refused to hand over the weapon. A backup officer arrived shortly after and secured the gun, later identified as a Taurus, Millennium PT111, 9mm pistol.

Once the weapon was secure, officers asked Wilson if there were any more weapons or narcotics in the vehicle. Wilson told the officer about the bag in the center console. During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered that bag of suspected methamphetamine, as well as another bag containing 18.57 grams of a substance that was analyzed by a Drug Enforcement Administration laboratory and confirmed to be fentanyl.

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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