HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A Meigs County, Ohio, man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges in connection with a multi-year marijuana distribution conspiracy.
During a hearing in U.S. District Court in Huntington, Robin Earl Slater, 51, of Langsville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of a marijuana conspiracy, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, and obstruction of justice.
In his plea, Slater admitted that he conspired to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana to lower-level dealers in Putnam and Kanawha counties, and out of state.
Federal prosecutors say on Jan. 23, 2012, a West Virginia State Trooper followed Slater onto a store parking lot in St. Albans, W.Va., after watching him commit several traffic violations.
During an attempt to flee, Slater bit the trooper on the arm and pepper sprayed him. Slater was arrested a short time later. Inside his vehicle, investigators found $24,515 in cash, six firearms and drug ledgers.
Slater told troopers the money was from individuals he had supplied marijuana. He also admitted the guns were for protection.
Slater faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and up to life in prison when he is sentenced November 18.
Slater has two prior felony drug convictions related to the distribution of marijuana.