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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Four sentenced for drug trafficking

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four individuals were sentenced today for drug trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Arthur Sean Warner, 43, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for crack cocaine trafficking in Monongalia County, West Virginia in October 2014. He pled guilty in December 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base” following an investigation by the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

John Howard Goff, Jr., 43, and Brian Michael Barnes, 33, both of Clarksburg, each pled guilty in November 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine – Aiding and Abetting.” Goff was sentenced today to 30 months in prison. Barnes was sentenced today to two years of probation.

Rodney Wayne Swiger, 46, of Clarksburg, pled guilty in November 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Controlled Substance Analogue – Aiding and Abetting.” They sold bath salts known as “Power X Energy Soak.” The bath salts contained a controlled substance known as “α-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone” or “α-PVP.” Swiger was sentenced today to two years of probation.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated Goff, Barnes, and Swiger.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted Warner and Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the remaining defendants on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016