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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Boone County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Boone County man pled guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Benjamin John Mooney, 42, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to distributing methamphetamine.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, the U.S. 119 Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Rural areas like Boone County have paid too high a price and been hit hard by meth and other drugs,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Getting dealers like Mooney off the streets will help stem the tide.”

As established by public court filings and hearings, Mooney sold highly pure methamphetamine to an undercover police informant on four separate occasions between July 2017 and February 2018.  Mooney told police investigators that he had been selling over 10 grams of methamphetamine weekly for at least a year.

Mooney is facing up to twenty years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 27, 2019.  Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman is handling the prosecution.


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Updated April 9, 2019