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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ohio County residents indicted on methamphetamine charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Chad Markle and Tiffany Markle, both of Wheeling, West Virginia, will be arraigned this week on drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

The Markles were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling on April 2, 2019 on methamphetamine distribution charges. 

Chad, age 31, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Methamphetamine.”  Tiffany, age 33, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Methamphetamine,” and two counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” 

Both are accused of distributing methamphetamine in Marshall and Ohio Counties from July 2018 to February 2019. The government is also seeking the forfeiture of the Markles’ residence at 36 Fernwood Avenue in Wheeling.

Chad Markle faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each of his counts. Tiffany Markle also faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each of her counts. 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 cases on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated April 10, 2019