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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ohio County man indicted on heroin and cocaine charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Kevin J. Pugh, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was arrested today and appeared in federal court to face drug charges after being indicted by a federal grand jury on April 3, 2018, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Pugh, age 38, was indicted on one count of “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,” one count of “Distribution of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,” and one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” Pugh is accused of selling heroin and cocaine near Bloch Playground in September and October 2017 in Ohio County. 

Pugh faces up 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000 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 Stephen L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, are investigating. The United States Marshals Service made the arrest.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated April 5, 2018