MARTINSBURG — Two men have been sentenced for distributing methamphetamines in Hampshire County along with 2 other men in the conspiracy.
Steve William Gray of Luray, Va., was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Monday in federal court. Gray, 39, pled guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He admitted to conspiring to distribute meth in Hampshire, Mineral and Hardy counties from August 2017 to June 2018.
Joseph Nathaniel Hagan of Petersburg was sentenced to 46 months. Hagan, 36, pled guilty to the same charge as Gray. Hagan admitted to distributing meth in Hampshire County in January.
Two Elk Garden men were also sentenced in the conspiracy.
Corey Bircher, 26, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and Tyler Allen Whitacre, 25, was sentenced to 15 months.
Bircher pled guilty to a count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime in February. He admitted to having a .357 revolver during a meth distribution in Mineral County in February.
Whitacre pled guilty to a count of distribution of methamphetamine in March, admitting he sold the drug in Mineral County in January.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the cases. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, West Virginia State Police and the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.
Chief Judge Gina M. Groh presided. o