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Hancock County man sentenced for heroin trafficking

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Raymond James Ripley, Sr., 29, of New Cumberland, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for heroin trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Ripley conspired with others to possess and sell heroin in Hancock County, West Virginia throughout 2013 and 2014. He pled guilty in June 2015 to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Hancock, Brooke, Weirton Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking