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Wetzel County man admits to drug charge

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Zack Jerico, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, has admitted to selling drugs near a school, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Jerico, age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine in Proximity to a Protected Location.” Jerico admitted to selling methamphetamine near New Martinsville Elementary School in Wetzel County in May 2018.

Jerico faces up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

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

Updated October 28, 2019

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