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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wheeling man indicted on drug charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Tysaun A. Pugh, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was arrested today and appeared in federal court to face drug charges after being indicted by a federal grand jury on April 3, 2018, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Pugh, also known as “Chubbs,” age 20, was indicted on two counts of “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location,” and one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.” Pugh is accused of selling heroin near Jensen Playground and Wilson Playground in January 2018 in Ohio County. 

Pugh faces up 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000 for each of the distribution counts and faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the aiding and abetting count. 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 Stephen L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, are investigating. The United States Marshals Service made the arrest.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated April 5, 2018