Upshur Co. man, Harrison Co. man plead guilty to federal drug charges

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A Harrison County man and an Upshur County man have pleaded guilty in separate cases to federal charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine in Harrison County.

Donald Hickman Jr., 43, of Reynoldsville pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hickman admitted to selling methamphetamine in Harrison County in January 2018.

Joshua Langbien, 28, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Langbien admitted to distributing methamphetamine in Harrison County in March 2018.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said both Hickman and Langbien face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Under Federal Sentencing guidelines, the actual sentences imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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

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