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Man pleads guilty to his role in a meth distribution operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jerry “Jake” Wilson Hartley, of Elkins, West Virginia, was convicted today for methamphetamine distribution, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Hartley, age 36, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Hartley admitted to conspiring with others to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Northern District of West Virginia and elsewhere. The crime occurred from May 2013 until October 2016.

Hartley faces up to twenty years and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 6, 2017

Drug Trafficking