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Wheeling man admits to drug charge

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Edgar Eugene Hatten, of Wheeling, West Virginia, has admitted to a drug charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Hatten, 41, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” Hatten admitted to selling methamphetamine near Clator Playground in Wheeling on July 20, 2021.

Hatten faces at least one year and up to 40 years of 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 Shawn M. Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

Updated March 7, 2022

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