ELKINS – John Wayne Crites, of Moorefield, was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $217,000 for his role in a methamphetamine distribution operation, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.

ELKINS – John Wayne Crites, of Moorefield, was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $217,000 for his role in a methamphetamine distribution operation, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.

Crites, age 48, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in July 2017. Crites admitted to working with others to distribute more than 50 grams of crystal meth in Grant County between September 2014 and December 2016.

The judge ordered that Crites pay $217,600, and Crites must forfeit an orange Honda Foreman.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Postal Inspection Service and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.