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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jury Finds Moundsville Man Guilty Of Drug Trafficking

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Defendant faces up to Forty Years in Prison

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 59-year old Moundsville, West Virginia, resident was convicted today by a federal jury for the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that ROCCI WADE was convicted of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Oxycodone” and “Distribution of Oxycodone.” WADE was part of a five person conspiracy that distributed painkillers in the Moundsville area between 2010 and 2013.

WADE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey later this year. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Randolph J. Bernard and Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force which includes officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated January 7, 2015