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Parkersburg man latest to be prosecuted in Federal court as part of major drug investigation

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man was sentenced today in federal court to four and a half years for possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Joshua Neal McVey, 32, previously pleaded guilty in October of 2015 to the federal drug crime.

On January 7, 2015, in conjunction with an investigation by the West Virginia State Police of McVey’s drug dealing in Wood County, drug task force officers executed a search warrant at McVey’s residence on Myrtle Road in Parkersburg. Among other items, police seized approximately 19 grams of heroin, 16 grams of methamphetamine, and 1,895 grams of marijuana, along with scales and packaging materials.

Other individuals prosecuted as part of this investigation include Brent J. Sidwell, who pleaded guilty in April of 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; David Naylor, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana; and Dustin Jarvis, who was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

The investigation of this case resulted from ongoing cooperation between the West Virginia State Police; the Parkersburg Drug and Violent Crime Task Force; the Wood County Sheriff’s Department; the Washington County, Ohio, Major Crimes Task Force; and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

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 January 14, 2016

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