MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities say a West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine and illegally possessing a stockpile of firearms.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Deshaun Thaxton faces up to life in prison after admitting to the gun and drug charges.

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Stuart says officers found 360 grams of methamphetamine in Thaxton’s home in Dunbar. Officials also found a loaded AK-47 and two loaded AR-15s in the house. Thaxton told authorities that he owned the weapons to protect himself and his drugs.

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He was prohibited from possessing the guns because of a prior felony conviction.

Thaxton is due to be sentenced in January.

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