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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 men indicted on drug charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Quavonte Pugh and Caveizz Cunningham, both of Wheeling, West Virginia, were 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, also known as “Q,” age 22, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine Base,” one count of “Distribution of Heroin,” and two counts of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” Pugh is accused of conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine base, selling heroin, and selling cocaine base near Bloch Playground in January 2018 in Ohio County

Cunningham, age 23, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine Base” and one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” Cunningham is accused of conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine base and selling cocaine base near Bloch Playground in January 2018 in Ohio County.

Pugh and Cunningham each face up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the conspiracy count and each face up 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000 for the distribution near a protected location count. Pugh also faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the distribution of heroin 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