California methamphetamine trafficker pleads guilty to federal drug crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A California man who traveled to West Virginia to facilitate methamphetamine trafficking pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Gary Liberty, 52, entered his guilty plea to attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Liberty admitted that in January 2012, he made arrangements with a confidential informant working with law enforcement to ship crystal methamphetamine from California to West Virginia. On January 5, 2012, Liberty traveled from California to West Virginia by airplane. The next day, Liberty provided the confidential informant with a U.S. Postal Service tracking number for a package containing crystal methamphetamine that Liberty had arranged to be sent from California to the informant’s residence in Sissonville. On January 7, 2012, officers intercepted the package and seized over 80 grams of methamphetamine. Officers then conducted a controlled delivery of the package to the confidential informant’s residence with a fake substance in the package. After the informant took delivery of the package, officers entered the informant’s home and found Liberty standing over the package with the package open and several items from inside the package on the table. Liberty then gave a statement to law enforcement and admitted his involvement with methamphetamine trafficking.

Liberty faces at least five and up to 40 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on December 7, 2016.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

This case was brought as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.

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