West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this week touted the office\u2019s first conviction as result of a partnership with U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II in northern West Virginia.\r\nThis week\u2019s guilty verdict convicted Francisco Gaspar Sanchez, 56, of Kearneysville. It found Sanchez guilty of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.\r\nMorrisey praised the conviction calling it the first fruit of a crucial partnership to reduce drug trafficking and abuse in northern West Virginia.\r\n\u201cI\u2019m very pleased with this week\u2019s conviction,\u201d Attorney General Morrisey said. \u201cDrug addiction and abuse is rampant statewide. Defeating the epidemic will take everyone working together and this is what can happen when government agencies partner for the common good.\u201d\r\nThursday\u2019s jury verdict concluded a two-day trial in Martinsburg. Sanchez faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million fine, although his actual sentence will depend upon federal guidelines that measure the seriousness of his offenses and any prior criminal history.\r\nEvidence indicated Sanchez conspired with another individual to sell crystal methamphetamine in Jefferson County. Specifically, Sanchez was discovered in possession of methamphetamine in April 2014.\r\nWest Virginia Assistant Attorney General Lara Omps-Botteicher led Sanchez\u2019s prosecution in her dual role as a special assistant U.S. attorney. She is one of two lawyers from Morrisey\u2019s office who are special assistant U.S. attorneys.\r\nIn their federal capacity, these attorneys will handle drug cases with a special emphasis on the prosecution of heroin trafficking organizations.\r\nThe partnership also builds upon existing substance abuse prevention and education initiatives targeting West Virginia youth.