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Ironton man gets 8 years in prison for drug, gun crimes

May 4, 2019

HUNTINGTON — An Ironton man who possessed drugs and guns in Huntington was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Bryan Patrick, 30, previously pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and using and carrying firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

On Sept. 26, 2018, officers with the Huntington Police Department responded to Spring Hill Cemetery, where they found Patrick slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Patrick admitted to officers that he had used heroin earlier in the day and passed out. Officers recovered two loaded firearms between the driver’s seat and the center console in the vehicle. One firearm was a Walther PP22 semi-automatic pistol, which was fully loaded with a round in the chamber, and the other was a Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

In his pocket, Patrick had one package of methamphetamine that weighed approximately 8.22 grams and another package of methamphetamine that weighed 56.76 grams. Patrick also had digital scales in his vehicle. Patrick admitted that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine and that he carried the firearms for his protection.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted the Huntington Police Department with the investigation.

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