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Parkersburg man sentenced to federal prison for drug crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for a drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Nathaniel Pittman, 27, previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“The citizens of Parkersburg are some of the finest folks in West Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart. “We won’t tolerate drug dealers in Parkersburg or anywhere in this district, and we will continue working to keep them off the streets and locked up for their crimes.”

On July 7, 2016, members of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop of Pittman’s vehicle and seized heroin and cocaine. Pittman admitted that he possessed the drugs found in his vehicle, and that he intended to sell the drugs. Lab testing confirmed that the drugs law enforcement recovered were over 80 grams of heroin and over 90 grams of cocaine.

Assistant United States Attorney John Frail handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.

This case was prosecuted as 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 illegal drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.

Updated March 7, 2018

Drug Trafficking