Burnsville man to spend 8 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges

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A Burnsville man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison, Tuesday, on charges stemming from a 2017 car chase with Lewis County sheriff’s deputies.

Charles Masters, 44, was sentenced to 101 months behind bars, in U.S. District Court, in Elkins.

On July 3, 2017, Masters was involved in a police chase that started in Lewis County and ended in Harrison County, when Masters car rolled over on Interstate 79 near Lost Creek.  At the time, deputies believed he was driving on a suspended license.

Masters was later indicted in Lewis County on fleeing, drug and firearm charges.

In April 2018, Masters pleaded guilty, in federal court, to possession with the intent distribute methamphethamine and of illegally possessing a 9mm pistol, while also possessing meth.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Masters is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting a transfer to a federal facility. 

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