Parkersburg man pleads guilty to federal meth-distribution charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to a charge of distributing methamphetamine, authorities said.

Keith Saunders, 39, pleaded guilty to “selling roughly a half-pound of meth every week” and admitted that he was doing so to support his drug addiction, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said.

Saunders admitted that on two separate occasions in 2017 he sold meth to confidential informants working with the Parkersburg Police Department, Stuart’s office said in a news release. He also admitted to selling heroin to a confidential informant working with Parkersburg Police in October 2019.

Saunders is scheduled to be sentenced on April 23 in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He is being held without bond in the South Central Regional Jail.