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February 12, 2012


Grand Jury Indicts Wheeling Resident on Drug Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 21 year old Wheeling resident was named in an Indictment returned on February 7, 2012, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that: BRANDON D. BAUER was named in a three-count Indictment. Count One charges BAUER with the conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, alprazolam and marijuana from at least the Spring of 2011 to October 14, 2011, in Ohio County. Count Two charges BAUER with aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam on October 14, 2011, in Wheeling. Count Three charges BAUER with traveling from Columbus, Ohio, to Wheeling, West Virginia, with the intent to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam on October 14, 2011. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit a money judgment in the amount of at least $15,000. If convicted, BAUER faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on Counts One and Two and 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Three.

BAUER appeared before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert on February 10, 2012, for his initial appearance and is scheduled to appear for his arraignment on February 23, 2012.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force consisting of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, 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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