Two men sentenced in federal meth investigation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two men convicted of possessing methamphetamine and firearms were sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday.

Richard Milton Hudson Riggal, 44, of Zephyrhills, Florida was sentenced to 15 years and eight months. He received an additional two years for violating federal supervision. Howard Leon Lykins, II, 49, of Charleston, was sentenced to nine years, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Riggal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth in January. Lykins pleaded guilty to maintaining a residence for drug purposes.

According to the release, police executed a search warrant at Lykins’ house in Charleston in July 2013. They discovered meth-making materials, digital scales and two pistols, one of which was reported stolen, according to the release. Police also found more than $41,000 in cash. Police executed a search warrant at another house and seized more than 900 grams of high-quality meth which Riggal transported from Florida to Charleston, according to the release. Both men allegedly admitted to distributing approximately seven pounds of meth in the months leading up to July 2013.

Riggal had been previously convicted of several felonies including burglary, grand theft, operation of a chop shop and distribution of marijuana, according to the release.

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