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

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Grant County man sentenced for fentanyl charge

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua Allen Hinkle, of Cabins, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 77 months of incarceration for a fentanyl charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Hinkle, 36, pleaded guilty in July 2021 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute at Least 40 Grams of Fentanyl.” Hinkle admitted to working with others to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April 2020 in Grant County and elsewhere.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigated. The Task Force consists of members from the Drug Enforcement Administration, West Virginia State Police, the FBI, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keyser Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Original case press release here:


Drug Trafficking
Updated January 19, 2022