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December 6, 2012

Glen Dale Resident Indicted, Arrested on Drug Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 26-year old Glen Dale, West Virginia, resident was arrested today by officers of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Glen Dale Police Department and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Marshals Service, pursuant to an indictment returned by a federal  grand  jury this week in Wheeling.

According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, JOSEPH A. MCDONALD was indicted earlier this week on two counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,”  two counts of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,”  one count of “Distribution of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,”  one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone,”  and, two counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone and Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.”

At  the   time   of  the   arrest  today   a  federal   search   warrant  was  executed   on
MCDONALD’s residence in Marshall County and evidence of drug activity was found.

MCDONALD appeared in court today for an initial appearance and was remanded pending a detention  hearing  which has been scheduled for December 11, 2012.

If convicted, MCDONALD faces up to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine on the  seven counts  of distribution near  a school and  up  to 20 years  imprisonment and  a
$1,000,000 fine on the final distribution count.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney  John C. Parr.

The charge contained  in the indictment is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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