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Wheeling man indicted on firearm, methamphetamine charges

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A Wheeling, West Virginia, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Clarksburg on firearm and drug charges, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Peter Hankish, age 57, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Hankish, having previously been convicted of Theft in the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps General Court, allegedly possessed a 7.62 caliber rifle. Hankish is also accused of possessing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April 2017 in Ohio County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, is investigating. 

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

Updated June 29, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses