CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Logan County man pleaded guilty today to two federal gun crimes.
According to court documents, Clifford Lee Griffin, 38, of Bruno, admitted that on the evening of September 30, 2019, members of the West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Gilman Bottom area of Logan County where he had been selling drugs. Troopers arrested Griffin and recovered two loaded handguns, over 75 grams of methamphetamine and over 100 grams of heroin. Griffin admitted that he possessed the guns to protect his drugs and money.
Griffin pleaded guilty to possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of firearms. He faces up to life in prison when sentenced on October 4, 2021.
Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Nowles Heinrich 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-00163.