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Parkersburg man pleads guilty to federal gun crime

CHARLESTON — Dennis Hutton, 33, of Parkersburg, pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on June 28, 2019, at a hotel room at the Quality Inn in Mineral Wells. During the search, officers found Hutton, digital scales, quantities of suspected methamphetamine and heroin and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston said.

Hutton admitted to the officers he was selling the drugs to others because of the financial obligations he had, Johnston said. The drugs were sent to the DEA Mid-Atlantic Laboratory and were confirmed to be methamphetamine and carfentanil. Hutton admitted that he carried the gun to protect both his drugs and the proceeds of his drug dealing, Johnston said.

Hutton pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and faces five years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 18, Johnston said.

Johnston commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney L. Alexander Hamner is handling the prosecution.

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