CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Shaun Price, 41, of Parkersburg, was sentenced today to 123 months in prison for federal drug and gun crimes. Price previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents, an officer with the South Charleston Police Department attempted a traffic stop on Price’s vehicle in Cross Lanes on December 7, 2020. Price fled and led law enforcement in a high speed pursuit. The pursuit began in Cross Lanes and ended in South Charleston where officers were able to stop Price’s vehicle by using spike-strips. Officers recovered approximately 7.85 grams of meth and a loaded 9mm Taurus PT111 handgun from the vehicle. Price admitted that he intended to sell the methamphetamine and that he possessed the firearm to protect his drugs and money.
Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the South Charleston Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Nick Miller is handling the prosecution. Senior United States District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence.