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Monongalia County man sentenced for his role in a drug distribution operation

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jesse Tichenor, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today three years of probation for his involvement in a drug distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Tichenor, age 27, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Use of a Communication Facility” in August 2019. Tichenor admitted to using a phone to help distribute “crack” cocaine in March 2017 in Monongalia County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, led the investigation. 

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated November 14, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking