2 men plead guilty to charges related to meth distribution in Harrison and Upshur counties


Two men facing federal drug charges have entered guilty pleas related to distributing methamphetamine.

Chance Ward, 20, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.  Ward admitted to distributing methamphetamine in March 2018 in Upshur County.

Ramiro Pimentel, Jr., 31, of Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.  Pimentel admitted to selling methamphetamine in May 2017 in Harrison County.

Ward and Pimentel each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.  According to
the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness
of the offenses and prior criminal history, if any.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent
Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated the cases.  The United States Marshals Service assisted in the arrests.

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