2018-01-03 / Front Page

Morgan County man indicted on federal firearms charges

Matthew Dean Smith, 39, of Great Cacapon, was indicted by a federal grand jury in late December on illegal firearms charges.

Smith was indicted on one count of “Possession of an Unregistered Firearm,” one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearms,” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of Explosives.”

Smith is accused of possessing an unregistered silencer, unlawfully possessing a .9mm pistol and .223 caliber rifle, and possessing explosive materials that had been shipped to him from another state. The crimes allegedly took place in Morgan County in October and December 2017.

Smith faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police are investigating.

In 2014, Smith was found guilty in Morgan County Circuit Court of several misdemeanor charges associated with his explosives business and range in western Morgan County.

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