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February 5, 2009

Bellaire, Ohio, Resident Indicted on Oxycodone Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 57 year old Bellaire, Ohio, resident was named in an Indictment returned on February 3, 2009, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that DENNIS R. LUDOLPH, also known as “DENNY,” was named in a four-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that LUDOLPH conspired to distribute oxycodone from February 2008 to January 27, 2009, in Wheeling. Counts Two and Three of the Indictment allege that LUDOLPH distributed oxycodone within 1,000 feet of Madison School on August 7, 2008, and within 1,000 feet of Luau Manor on August 11, 2008. Count Four of the Indictment alleges that LUDOLPH distributed oxycodone on January 9, 2008, in Wheeling.

If convicted, LUDOLPH faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 each on Counts One and Four of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 each on Counts Two and Three of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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