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Press Release

Parkersburg Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, in July 2020, Benjamin Michael Nash, 37, traveled from Parkersburg to California where he bought 875 grams of methamphetamine, 50 boxes of psilocybin candy bars, 19 pounds of marijuana, and other controlled substances.  Nash shipped the drugs to himself from California to Parkersburg where he intended to distribute them.  On August 8, 2020, a United States Postal Service employee handling the package notified law enforcement after smelling the odor of marijuana.  Investigators seized the package and executed a search warrant on it before it could be delivered to Nash.

Nash pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute quantities of methamphetamine and psilocybin and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on February 24, 2022.  

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Chief United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is handling the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-00194.






Updated November 19, 2021

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