MARTINSBURG – Tyler Allen Whitacre, of Elk Garden, has admitted to selling methamphetamine in Mineral County.

MARTINSBURG – Tyler Allen Whitacre, of Elk Garden,  has admitted to selling methamphetamine in Mineral County.
According to United States Attorney Bill Powell, Whitacre, age 25, pled guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine, admitting to selling the drug in January 2018 in Mineral County.
Whitacre 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.
Whitacre was among 14 persons from West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia who were indicted by a federal grand jury Oct. 3, 2018, in Wheeling. Eight of the defendants were from Mineral County.
The indictments alleged a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Mineral, Hardy and Hampshire counties from August 2017 to June 2018. He remains incarcerated in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The West Virginia State Police, and the Potomac Highlands 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 Robert W. Trumble presided.