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Former West Virginia Correctional Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug Distribution

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A former West Virginia correctional officer, John Edward Roach II, was sentenced to federal prison today for a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  John Roach, 47, of St. Albans, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

“A disgraceful breach of public trust,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “As a long-time correctional officer, Roach knew firsthand the dangers drugs pose in the prisons and ignored them.   Those who violate the public’s trust will be held accountable.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, there’s no such thing as a little bit of public corruption.”   

In early April 2019, an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail paid Roach $2,000 to smuggle contraband into the jail.    Law enforcement then arranged a sting operation.  On April 11, 2019, Roach met with an undercover agent and received a $2,000 payment and four ounces of methamphetamine.  Roach was quickly arrested before he could transport the methamphetamine to the jail.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the St. Albans Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.   United States District Court Judge Joseph Goodwin imposed the sentence.  Former Assistant United States Attorney Drew Inman and Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Robeson handled the prosecution.


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Updated December 12, 2019

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