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Parkersburg man gets prison sentence in methamphetamine case

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man was sentenced Monday to federal prison as a result of federal charges related to the trafficking of methamphetamine and the possession of a firearm while involved in drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

James Daniel Canty, 60, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Canty will serve four years of supervised release following his release from prison.

“At the age of 60, Canty will be going to federal prison for seven years,” said Stuart. “He has led a life a crime, receiving the first of his eight felony convictions at age 19. I commend the Parkersburg Police Department and ATF for getting this repeat offender, his meth and gun off the streets.”

Canty previously admitted that on Nov. 30, 2019, following a traffic stop by members of the PPD on Plum Street near Jefferson Elementary School in Parkersburg, he was found to be in possession of approximately 55 grams of methamphetamine as well as a .loaded 25 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number and a box of .25 caliber ammunition.

Further investigation revealed that Canty had another two ounces of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle. Canty further admitted that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine that he possessed, and that he possessed the firearm for the purpose of protecting himself and the methamphetamine that he was carrying.

Canty has a long criminal history, which includes six prior felony convictions. The sentence imposed Monday was the result of Canty’s seventh and eighth felony convictions, Stuart said.

The Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is handling the prosecution.

The case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the DOJ’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhance coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improve information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensure that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

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