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Barbour County man convicted of marijuana trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles Shawn Shannon, 54, of Belington, West Virginia, was convicted today of marijuana trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Shannon was one of four individuals charged in March 2015 in a 16-count federal indictment with participating in an extensive oxycodone and marijuana trafficking operation. Specifically, Shannon distributed marijuana in Barbour County, West Virginia.

Shannon pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Marijuana.” He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Defendants Roy Melvin Isner, 62, and Mark Wesley Lambert, 39, both of Elkins, West Virginia, were each pled guilty to marijuana trafficking charges in April 2015. The fourth defendant, Chad Allen Workman, 37, of Beverly, West Virginia is currently scheduled for trial in September 2015.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force led the investigation. The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

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