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United States of America v. Andrew Martin Hopkins
Case Number: 2:20-cr-00003
Judge: David Fisher
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Kanawha County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Charleston, West Virginia
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Description: Charleston, WV - Felony, Possession with Intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The United States of America charged Andrew Martin Hopkins, age 57, with trafficking of methamphetamine.
“Hopkins intended to sell more than 100 grams of meth that had a purity of 96%,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “I commend law enforcement for yet another great job in getting this meth dealer off the streets before he could peddle dangerous and deadly meth in and around the Parkersburg area.”
Hopkins was driving a pickup truck in Vienna on May 19, 2019 when he was pulled over by an officer with the Vienna Police Department near the intersection of Grand Central Avenue and 21st Street for displaying a license plate that belonged on a vehicle of a different make and model. After the officer determined that Hopkins could not produce proper registration or proof of insurance for the vehicle, a K-9 was requested to respond to the scene of the traffic stop. After the K-9 arrived, it was deployed on the vehicle and provided a positive indication for the presence of controlled substances. Officers then searched and located methamphetamine inside the truck as well as on Hopkins’ person. A total of 102.85 grams of methamphetamine were located during the search, along with $3,631 in United States currency. The methamphetamine was sent to a laboratory and confirmed to have a purity of 96%. Hopkins admitted to possessing the entire amount of methamphetamine and having the intention to distribute it to other people.
Hopkins faces up to life in prison when sentenced on December 8, 2020.
The Vienna Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation, with assistance from the West Virginia State Police. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is handling the prosecution.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE, methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers.
Outcome: 09/10/2020 35 PLEA HEARING as to Andrew Martin Hopkins held by Senior Judge David A. Faber on 9/10/2020; Court Reporter: Cathy Schutte-Stant. (cel)
09/10/2020 36 WRITTEN PLEA OF GUILTY by Defendant Andrew Martin Hopkins. (tmr)
09/10/2020 37 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Andrew Martin Hopkins. (cc: U.S. Probation Office). (tmr)
09/10/2020 38 MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER as to Andrew Martin Hopkins; re: hearing held 9/10/2020. Letter-form plea agreement and written plea of guilty executed to Count 1. Sentencing set for 12/8/2020 at 11:00 AM in Charleston before Senior Judge David A. Faber. Defendant remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. Signed by Senior Judge David A. Faber on 9/10/2020. (cc: Judge, USP, USM, counsel of record) (lca)