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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Ohio Men For Heroin Distribution

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A federal grand jury in Charleston, West Virginia, returned two indictments yesterday related to the illegal distribution of heroin.

The grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Marion Alonvo Felder of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, with the distribution of heroin on September 2, September 14 and October 1, 2013, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The grand jury also charged Keith Irons, 25, of Marion County, Ohio, with heroin distribution.  According to the two-count indictment of Irons, he distributed heroin on October 3 and October 6, 2013, in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Marion and Irons each face up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.

The investigation was conducted by the Parkersburg Police Department and the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Note: The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015