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Cleveland man admits to drug conspiracy

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jontue Coleman, of Cleveland, Ohio, has admitted to his involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Coleman, age 45, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base, Cocaine Hydrochloride, Methamphetamine, and Heroin.” Coleman admitted to working with others to sell cocaine base, cocaine hydrochloride, methamphetamine, and heroin in Ohio County, the Southern District of Ohio, and elsewhere from June 2019 to August 2021.

Coleman faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 Shawn M. Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, West Virginia State Police, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wheeling Police Department, investigated. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Clairsville Police Department assisted.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

Updated March 8, 2022

Drug Trafficking