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Harrison County man sentenced for drug distribution and firearm charges

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Bailey, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 36 months incarceration for drug distribution and firearm charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Bailey, age 34, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Offense” in August 2018. Bailey admitted to selling methamphetamine and being in possession of a firearm during the drug offense in Harrison County in January 2018. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.
Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated December 20, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods