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Virginia man sentenced to more than 12 years for methamphetamine trafficking

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A Virginia man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking.

Jason Knapp Downey, age 39, of Covington, Virginia, was sentenced to 154 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. According to court documents and statements made in court, Downey obtained the illegal substance from Cleveland, Ohio and brought it to Weirton, West Virginia to be distributed. Officers executed a search warrant on Downey’s residence and retrieved two digital scales, a large amount of pure methamphetamine, United States currency, and ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carly Nogay prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force investigated the case.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated October 31, 2023

Drug Trafficking