Somerset man gets 9 years for federal drug charges

William Fugate

A Somerset man who pleaded guilty to federal drug charges has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

William Allen Fugate, 41, of Conley Lane, pleaded guilty in February to possessing with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine and being in possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom to nine years on each charge, to run concurrently for a total of nine years.

Fugate will then be on supervised release for four years.

In the plea agreement, Fugate admits that he was in possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. He also admits that on July 21, 2018, he was in possession of around 116 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine, having more than 89 grams in his vehicle and another 27 grams in his residence.

According to court documents, Fugate was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop conducted by the Somerset Police Department.

Fugate gave consent to search his vehicle, where the 89 grams of suspected meth was located.

Officers then obtained a warrant to search Fugate's Conley residence, where they found a Taurus 9 mm handgun and other amount of suspected meth.