Elkins man indicted on firearms and drug charges

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Anthony Eugene McDonald, of Elkins, West Virginia, was indicted today on firearms and drug charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

McDonald, 45, was indicted today on one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” McDonald is accused of distributing methamphetamine in December 2020 in Marion County. McDonald, a person prohibited from having firearms because of prior convictions, is accused of having a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in December 2020 in Marion County.

McDonald faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the drug charge and faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms charge. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. ATF and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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