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Randolph County man admits to heroin distribution

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Mark Jay Courtney, of Montrose, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing heroin, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Courtney, age 39, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Heroin.” Courtney admitted to selling heroin in Randolph County in January 2018.

Courtney 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.

The investigation was funded 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated October 16, 2018

Drug Trafficking