A man from Ohio pleaded guilty Monday to federal drug and gun crimes in connection to a shooting incident in West Virginia 2021.
Austin Bruce Jeffreys (28), Chesapeake Ohio, admitted using and possessing a firearm in a drug trafficking offense and conspiring to use and carry a firearm in a drugtrafficking crime.
According to court documents and statements, Jeffreys communicated by phone with an inmate at Western Regional Jail on June 14, 2021. Each call was recorded.
In a press release, the U.S. Department of Justice stated that Jeffreys had spoken to the inmate and he was willing to travel to Huntington to collect the suboxone.
Jeffreys stated that he would take a loaded pistol of.380 caliber to the residence as the suboxone was in a relationship at the time.
The DOJ stated that Jeffreys arrived at his residence and he and another man engaged in a shootout, before Jeffreys could obtain the drugs.
Jeffreys called the inmate again, this time on a recorded phone line. He spoke about the shooting and how he knew that the drugs were intended for distribution, according to the DOJ.
Jeffreys will be sentenced February 13, 2022. He faces up to life imprisonment and a $500,000 fine.
Jacob Benjamin Loper (21-year-old inmate) was sentenced to 30 month imprisonment on May 9, 2022 after pleading guilty for attempted possession with intent of distribution of suboxone and conspiring in the use a firearm to commit a drug trafficking offense.