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A Charleston, WV man was sentenced to two years in federal prison for using the name and driver’s license of an individual who had died to purchase pseudoephedrine.

Troy Lawrence, 45, had pleaded guilty in July to aggravated identity theft.

Because pseudoephedrine is used by drug traffickers to make methamphetamine, the government requires sellers to keep a logbook that lists individuals who purchase it. The logbook helps police identify people who are buying pseudoephedrine for illegal use.

“Making and distributing methamphetamine is dangerous business,” said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. “When buyers of pseudoephedrine lie about who they are, they obstruct law enforcement efforts to stop the spread of methamphetamine at the source. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that buyers and sellers of pseudoephedrine comply with laws intended to protect us from the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.”

Lawrence’s case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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