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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 5, 2014

Four Sentenced On Drug Trafficking Charges


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four West Virginia residents were sentenced today on drug trafficking charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Ondrea K. Counts, 42, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for selling ecstasy near the Oakmound Apartments, a public housing authority facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She pled guilty in January 2014 to one count of “Distribution of MDMA within 1000’ of Protected Location – Aiding and Abetting.”

George Powers, 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison after he was discovered in possession of oxycodone pills in March 2014. He pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone – Aiding and Abetting.”

Aaron Jones, 36, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for selling cocaine near Unity Terrace, a public housing authority facility in Fairmont, West Virginia. Jones will receive credit for time served since June 2014. He pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.”

Justin Charles Cole, 32, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to time already served. Cole was discovered selling oxycodone in January 2013 in Anmoore, West Virginia. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted Counts and Powers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Stein prosecuted Cole, and Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuted Jones on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated Counts, Powers, and Cole. The Three Rivers Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated Jones.

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

Updated January 7, 2015