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Harrison County man charged with methamphetamine distribution

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Herbert Hobbs, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia, was indicted today on drug charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Hobbs, also known as “Joe,” age 38, was indicted on three counts of “Distribution of Fifty Grams or More of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of Methamphetamine.” Hobbs is accused of selling more than two and a half pounds of methamphetamine for a total of $12,250 in January and February 2020 in Harrison County. He is also accused of having more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Harrison County in February 2020.

Agents seized more than 21 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 4,000 stamps of fentanyl, along with approximately $60,000 in cash and dozens of firearms as a part of the investigation. 

Hobbs faces at least five years and up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000,000 for each of the distribution counts. He faces at least 10 years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000,000 for the possession count. 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 Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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

Updated March 17, 2020

Drug Trafficking