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Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Parkersburg Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Nicholas Easton, 29, entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Parkersburg Police Department, and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crime Task Force.

“This investigation dismantled a significant drug trafficking organization that was bringing meth into Parkersburg area,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We are working with our counterparts in other states to shut these multi-state drug networks down.”

On September 20, 2018, Easton was arrested at his Pettyville Road residence following a long-term investigation of a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in and around Parkersburg, as well as Dayton, Ohio, Tampa, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona.  Easton admitted distributing between 50 and 200 grams of methamphetamine in Parkersburg between February and September 2018. 

Easton faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 3, 2019.   Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is responsible for the prosecution.


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Drug Trafficking
Updated December 20, 2018