CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Two men of North Central West Virginia have admitted to their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation.

Stephen Richards, of Fairmont, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Richards, having previously been convicted of a felony, admitted to having a 9 mm pistol and a 30-caliber bolt-action rifle in December 2017 in Harrison County.

Nathan Crites, of Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution methamphetamine. Crites admitted to selling methamphetamine in April 2018 in Harrison County.

Richards faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Crites faces up to 20 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.

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