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Glenville, WV Man Convicted Of Manufacturing Methamphetamine

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Tara Tighe, Public Affairs Specialist

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James L. Ash, 44, of Glenville, West Virginia, was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

A West Virginia State Police investigation revealed evidence of Ash’s involvement in an operation to produce methamphetamine. Ash frequently and repeatedly purchased pseudoephedrine, a decongestant often used as a component in methamphetamine. Ash also purchased other items typically utilized to create methamphetamine.

Ash pled guilty today to one count of "Aiding and Abetting Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. 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 David Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 7, 2015