Police: Man Caught with Firearm During Traffic Stop in Clarksburg, West Virginia Has Been Sentenced for Federal Crime | New


CLARKSBURG, Va. (WV News) – A 47-year-old man from Clarksburg who went to federal prison for a federal drug crime has now been charged with being a felon in possession of a gun.

Clarksburg Police Sgt. Laura McGlone brought the felony allegation against William Joseph Russell to Harrison County Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Frank DeMarco set the bond at $ 5,000 at Russell’s initial appearance.

McGlone stopped a silver Hyundai Sonata on North 26th Street on Wednesday because she knew the operator’s license was either suspended or revoked, according to the complaint.

Russell was one of the vehicle’s two passengers, according to McGlone.

Police dog Ion was deployed and “gave a positive indication of the smell of drugs in the vehicle,” McGlone said.

“A search was carried out and a small black bag was found in the passenger side floor where the defendant, William Joseph Russell, had been seated,” McGlone alleged.

“Inside that bag was a loaded Sarsilmaz SAR 9 gun,” McGlone said, referring to a gun made by a company in Düzce, Turkey. “… There was a chambered cartridge and several cartridges in the magazine. There were also several cartridges in the bag. [miscellaneous] objects bearing the name of the defendant. Russell was convicted of a federal drug crime for the manufacture of amphetamine on [June 24, 2013]. “

Russell was sentenced to 5 years for the federal crime of the Northern District of West Virginia, Elkins Division. He later received another 18-month federal prison sentence for a supervised liberty violation. A 2018 United States District Court judge for Southern Ohio found Russell was not involved in drug testing and treatment and committed another criminal offense on December 22, 2017. Nature of this offense was not specified in the documents of the federal court.

Russell completed the sentence of probation on December 9, 2019 and released the federal case at that time.

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