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Two Wheeling Men Convicted Of Drug Trafficking Offenses

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Tara Tighe, Public Affairs Specialist

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Wheeling, West Virginia men pled guilty to drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Daniel Hairston, 35, admitted to selling crack cocaine near the Booker T. Washington Plaza Apartments, a public housing authority facility in Wheeling, West Virginia. He pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,” for which he faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00.

Jackie Byrd, 25, admitted to cocaine trafficking and stabbing a cooperating witness in retaliation. Byrd pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent and to Distribute Cocaine Base,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. He also pled guilty to one count of “Retaliation Against a Cooperating Witness,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

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 Randy Bernard is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, is leading the investigation.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 7, 2015