HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A man from Maryland pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime. Edward Sample, 37, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as part of drug trafficking.
Law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at a Washington Avenue residence in Huntington on April 7, 2021, according to court documents. The sample, along with others, was inside. the House. Officers seized a loaded Taurus 9mm firearm, a quantity of heroin and fentanyl and more than $ 1,600 in cash during the search. Sample confessed to owning the gun to protect his money and drugs. Sample also admitted to using the same Taurus 9mm gun two days earlier to shoot at a house in the Cross Lanes area to collect a $ 50 drug debt. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department investigated this incident.
Sample faces a minimum sentence of 25 years and up to life in prison when convicted on January 31, 2022.
US Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and praised the investigative work of the Huntington’s Violent Crime and Drugs Task Force, the Huntington Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.
United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey is handling the prosecution.
A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Court documents and related information are available at PACER by searching for the case number. 3: 21-c-00058.