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Bridgeport man sentenced to more than 12 years for methamphetamine trafficking

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Austin Lodge, age 31, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, officers engaged in a high-speed chase with Lodge in Harrison County, which ended with a foot chase. Lodge discarded a backpack during the chase containing methamphetamine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The Greater Harrison Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated October 25, 2023

Drug Trafficking