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Glen Dale, WV man convicted of selling oxycodone

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jacob Kessler, 25, of Glen Dale, West Virginia, was convicted of oxycodone trafficking in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

An investigation by the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed that Kessler sold oxycodone on multiple occasions in 2013, including a sale in February of 2013 near West Virginia Northern Community College.

Kessler pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.”  He faces up to forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00. 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 Randy Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Senior District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., presided.

Updated January 8, 2016