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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jefferson County, Ohio man indicted on drug distribution and firearms charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Steubenville, Ohio man was indicted today by a federal grand jury on drug and firearm charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Emory Chiles, age 43, was indicted on one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin,” one count of “Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Offense,” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Chiles is accused of distributing heroin and being in possession of a 9mm pistol in Monongalia County in November 2017. Chiles was previously convicted of a felony in the Northern District of West Virginia

Chiles faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the first count, faces up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the second count, and faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the third 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 Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated February 6, 2018