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Harrison County men admit to meth distribution

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Steven Edward Denkenberger, Jr., of Shinnston, West Virginia, and James Lee Audia, II, of Reynoldsville, have admitted today to drug charges, Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Denkenberger, 35, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute of Fifty Grams or More of Methamphetamine.” He admitted to having 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in October 2019 in Harrison County.

Audia, 51, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Five Grams or More of Methamphetamine.” Audia admitted to selling five grams or more of methamphetamine, also known as “crystal” and “ice,” in November 2019 in Harrison County. 

Denkenberger faces at least 10 years and up to life incarceration and fine of up to $10,000,000. Audia faces at least five and up to 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000. 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 cases on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated May 24, 2021

Drug Trafficking