CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Brooks Ketterman, of Hambleton, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Ketterman, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Ketterman admitted to possessing more than five grams of methamphetamine, also known as “Ice,” in Randolph County in September 2017.
Ketterman faces up to 40 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.
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.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Elkins Police Department investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.