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Harrison County man admits to his role in a heroin distribution operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Hunter Queen, of Nutter Fort, West Virginia, has admitted to his role in a heroin distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Queen, age 22, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin in Proximity to a Protected Location.” Queen admitted to distributing heroin from January to May 2016 in various locations in Harrison County, including near Simpson Elementary School.

Queen is facing up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the conspiracy charge, and he faces up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000 for the aiding and abetting charge. 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 Traci M. Cook is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated July 13, 2018

Drug Trafficking