Marshall County man indicted on drug charges
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Carl N. Hooker, of Moundsville, West Virginia, was arraigned today in federal court after being indicted by a federal grand jury on December 5, 2017 on drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Hooker, age 55, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone” and three counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone.” Hooker is accused of conspiring with others to distribute oxycodone, as well as selling oxycodone from 2009 to November 2017 in Marshall County.
Hooker faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each 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 Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, is investigating.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.
Updated December 15, 2017