CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A St. Albans man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime.
According to statements made in court, on August 14, 2021, Austin Nathaniel Miller, 24, was stopped by an officer with the St. Albans Police Department for riding a dirt bike on a city street. Miller admitted to possessing a gun and the officer recovered a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun from Miller’s waistband. In searching Miller’s backpack, the officer found two packages of suspected methamphetamine with a combined approximate weight of 238.22 grams. Drug lab analysis determined that the methamphetamine was approximately 98% pure.
Miller pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 7, 2022.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the St. Albans Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Miller is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-00204.