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Belmont County, Ohio man indicted on fentanyl charge

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Nathan Parker, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, was indicted today on a fentanyl distribution charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Parker, age 39, was indicted on one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.” Parker is accused of selling fentanyl near Madison Elementary School in July 2019 in Ohio County.

Smith faces at least one year and up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000.  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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 1, 2019

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