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Hancock County, WV man charged with heroin trafficking, firearms offenses

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Timothy J. Jackson, 56, of New Cumberland, West Virginia, with drug trafficking and firearms offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Jackson is alleged to have been in possession of heroin and a stolen semi-automatic pistol in Hancock County, West Virginia in December 2014.

Jackson is charged with:

• One count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm,” for which he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00, and
• One count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin,” for which 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 Stephen Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Hancock, Brooke, Weirton Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are leading the investigation.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 8, 2016