A Kanawha County felon who possessed guns and drugs was sentenced today to five years and three months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.
Eddie Wayne Chapman, Jr., 32, of Malden, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation.
Chapman admitted that on September 21, 2016, he possessed a Ruger P89, 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a Maverick by Mossberg, Model 88, 12 gauge shotgun that had a modified barrel less than 18 inches in length. Chapman was prohibited from possessing any firearms under federal law because of a 2011 felony drug conviction in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Chapman further admitted to possessing with the intent to distribute over 20 grams of methamphetamine. Law enforcement found the methamphetamine in Chapman’s backpack, concealed in a canister containing a hidden compartment.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking with existing local programs targeting gun crime. This case was also prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.