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Ohio man sentenced for drug distribution

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Tyler Estep, of Galloway, Ohio, was sentenced today to three years probation for drug distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Estep, age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances” in February 2019. Estep admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and cocaine base in Wetzel County, West Virginia, as well as Ohio and Georgia from July 2015 to April 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department investigated. The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted in the case. 

The investigation was funded in part 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.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated January 29, 2020

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