Grant County man indicted on federal drug, firearm charges


ELKINS, W.Va. — A Grant County man was indicted this week on methamphetamine distribution and firearms charges, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Powell.

Lawrence Allen Keplinger, 38, of Lahmansville, was charged with four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine involving more than five grams of “crystal meth” or "ice,” one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine involving more than 50 grams of “crystal meth” or “ice,” one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.

Keplinger is accused of distributing methamphetamine from July 2017 to March 2019 in Grant County. Keplinger, a person prohibited from having a firearm because of a previous conviction, is also accused of having a .17-caliber rifle, a .375-caliber bolt-action rifle and an unregistered .22-caliber long rifle in March 2019 in Grant County.

Together, the charges carry a potential sentence of decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines, the prosecutor said.

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