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Press Release

Parkersburg Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Conspiracy

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana.

According to court documents and statements made in court, John Michael Wells II, 33, admitted to paying and arranging for methamphetamine and marijuana to be shipped through the mail from outside West Virginia to the Parkersburg area. The methamphetamine and marijuana would then be sold by another individual who would return to Wells to provide him with the cash proceeds from those sales.  Wells would then use this cash to order more methamphetamine and marijuana from his suppliers. 

Wells admitted to conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Southern District of West Virginia during a conspiracy that lasted from at least October 2021 to November 2021.  

Wells is scheduled to be sentenced on June 29, 2022, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison.

U.S. Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement, and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Parkersburg Police Department, and the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force. 

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is prosecuting the case.

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-00266.



Updated March 31, 2022

Drug Trafficking