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Ohio man admits to drug distribution

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA –David Frankenhoff, of Newark, Ohio, has admitted to a drug distribution charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Frankenhoff, age 51, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 3,4-Dichloro-N-[2-(dimethylamino) cyclohexyl]-Nmethylbenzamide (“U47700”).” Frankenhoff admitted to working with another to distribute “U47700,” a synthetic opioid, from June 2016 to December 2016 in Ohio County and elsewhere.

Frankenhoff faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 United States Postal Inspection Service investigated.

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

Updated January 6, 2020

Drug Trafficking