Randolph County meth dealer faces gun and drug charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Melissa Elaine Caprio, of Elkins, West Virginia, is facing firearms and drug charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Caprio, 31, was indicted on one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute More Than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm as Drug User.” Caprio is accused of having more than five grams of methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” and a .22 caliber rifle in June 2019 in Randolph County.

Torres faces at least five and up to 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for the drug count and faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Mountain Region Drug Task Force investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.