Buckhannon residents plead admit to drug distribution charges

ELKINS, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Two Buckhannon residents admitted Friday to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office-Elkins Division, Amanda Mae Bachman, also known as “AB,” 33, and Steven Larry Harper, also known as “Skip,” 40, each pleaded guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.” They admitted to conspiring with others to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine. The crime occurred in Upshur County and elsewhere from March 2016 to September 2017.

Both Bachman and Harper face up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000,000.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department investigated the case.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF).