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Columbus man admits to role in drug distribution operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Anthony Hill, Jr., of Columbus, Ohio, has admitted to his role in a drug distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Hill, also known as “Big Mike,” age 24, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine.” Hill admitted to distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, also known as “crystal” and “ice,” in November 2018 in Gilmer County.

Hill faces 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 Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Lakes Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated November 19, 2019

Drug Trafficking