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Pendleton County man sentenced to 20 years for drug and firearms charges

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Jamie William Sites, of Circleville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 240 months incarceration for methamphetamine distribution, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Sites, age 42, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” and one count of “Possess a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime” in May 2019. Sites admitted to distributing methamphetamine in November 2017 in Pocahontas County and having a .22 caliber pistol during a drug crime in September 2018 in Pendleton County. 

Sites’ criminal history spans 25 years, with this being his third felony drug offense. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the West Virginia State Police; the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force; the Grant County Sheriff’s Office; and the Moorefield Police Department investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated January 23, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods