ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Kayla Lynn Jenkins, of Philippi, West Virginia, has admitted to being charged with drug trafficking and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said.

Jenkins, 27, pleaded guilty today to one count of ‘distribution of methamphetamine’ and one count of ‘misrepresentation in connection with the acquisition of a firearm’. Jenkins admitted selling methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth” and “ice,” in August 2020 in Barbour County. Jenkins also admitted to receiving a form to purchase a 9mm pistol from a dealer in September 2020 in Barbour County.

Jenkins faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for the drug charge and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is pursuing the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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