The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 8, 2013

Nicholas County man pleads guilty in court to drug conspiracy charge

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— A Nicholas County man now faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

Brian Craig Crouse, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston, admitting he sold methamphetamine and other controlled substances from his residence in Belva from at least January 2011 until being arrested on Jan. 29, 2013.

Crouse obtained meth from various suppliers “on the front” with the expectation he would pay his suppliers after the drugs were sold. He sold a total of 500 and 1,500 grams of methamphetamine during the distribution scheme.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 20 by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.