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Columbus man sentenced for role in cocaine and heroin distribution operation

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael L. Forrest, Jr., of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced today to 48 months incarceration for his role in a cocaine and heroin distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Forrest, also known as “Flip,” age 28, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location” in July 2019. Forrest admitted to selling cocaine near the Pulaski Playground in Ohio County in August 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The investigation was led by the Ohio County Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative. The task force is comprised of the Drug Enforcement Administration, West Virginia State Police, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wheeling Police Department. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated February 18, 2020

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