ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua Caleb Haggerty, of Petersburg, West Virginia, plead guilty to a drug distribution charge, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.
Haggerty, 36, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Haggerty admitted to distributing the methamphetamine in March 2020.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated.
This 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 Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves 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 ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see: https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Northern District of West Virginia