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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Parkersburg cocaine and heroin dealer pleads guilty in federal court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man who had cocaine, heroin, and cash pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney, Booth Goodwin.  Dustin Keith Jarvis, 34 pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine today before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. in Charleston.

On April 23, 2014, drug task force officers executed search warrants at Jarvis’ apartment and his rented storage unit in Mineral Wells, West Virginia.  Among other items, police seized approximately 120 grams of cocaine, 380 grams of heroin and more than $12,000 in cash.  This case is part of a larger cooperative investigation by drug task forces in Wood County, West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.

Other individuals prosecuted in federal court as part of this investigation include Brent J. Sidwell who pleaded guilty on April 24, 2015, to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana,  Timothy Fields who was sentenced to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and David Naylor who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Jarvis faces up to 20 years in prison, and a $1 million fine when sentenced on August 11, 2015.

This case represents the ongoing cooperation between the Parkersburg Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, Washington County, Ohio Major Crimes Task Force, and the Internal Revenue Service.  Assistant United States Attorney, Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is 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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated April 28, 2015