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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Monday, September 27, 2021

Columbus man admits to methamphetamine charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Devante Crutez Taylor, of Columbus, Ohio, has admitted to a drug charge, Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Taylor, 28, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine.” Taylor admitted to having 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in August 2019 in Ohio County.

The government is also seeking the forfeiture of $3,638 in cash found with Taylor that is believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

Taylor is facing at least 10 years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000,000. 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 Wheeling Police Department investigated.

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


Drug Trafficking
Updated September 27, 2021