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Two men sentenced on federal drug charges

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two men were sentenced today on federal drug distribution charges.

William Trice, age 32, of Eastpointe, Michigan, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for distribution of fentanyl. According to court documents and statements made in court, Trice was the leader of a Detroit-area drug trafficking organization that was selling heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine in Morgantown.

Another defendant, Dayshawn Burton, age 28, of Hamilton, Ohio, was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine. According to court documents and statements made in court, Burton was one of the distributors for Trice and sold methamphetamine to an informant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The case was investigated the Drug Enforcement Administration Clarksburg RO; the FBI Clarksburg RA; the Mon Metro Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office; the Morgantown Police Department; WVU Police Department; the DEA Cincinnati District Office; the DEA Detroit Field Division; and the FBI Detroit.

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

Updated September 6, 2023

Drug Trafficking