CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man pled guilty today to a federal charge related to the trafficking of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Andrew Martin Hopkins, 57, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
“Hopkins intended to sell more than 100 grams of meth that had a purity of 96%,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “I commend law enforcement for yet another great job in getting this meth dealer off the streets before he could peddle dangerous and deadly meth in and around the Parkersburg area.”
Hopkins was driving a pickup truck in Vienna on May 19, 2019 when he was pulled over by an officer with the Vienna Police Department near the intersection of Grand Central Avenue and 21st Street for displaying a license plate that belonged on a vehicle of a different make and model. After the officer determined that Hopkins could not produce proper registration or proof of insurance for the vehicle, a K-9 was requested to respond to the scene of the traffic stop. After the K-9 arrived, it was deployed on the vehicle and provided a positive indication for the presence of controlled substances. Officers then searched and located methamphetamine inside the truck as well as on Hopkins’ person. A total of 102.85 grams of methamphetamine were located during the search, along with $3,631 in United States currency. The methamphetamine was sent to a laboratory and confirmed to have a purity of 96%. Hopkins admitted to possessing the entire amount of methamphetamine and having the intention to distribute it to other people.
Hopkins faces up to life in prison when sentenced on December 8, 2020.
The Vienna Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation, with assistance from the West Virginia State Police. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is handling the prosecution.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-cr-00003.