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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 14, 2022

St. Albans Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Gun Crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jason Robert Oxley, 38, of St. Albans, pleaded guilty today to federal drug and gun crimes. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, from March 2020 until June 2021, Oxley participated in a drug trafficking ring operating in and around St. Albans. Oxley admitted that he obtained methamphetamine and other drugs from two of his co-defendants which he then distributed. Oxley admitted that he sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on March 22, 2021 and April 12, 2021.  The drug transactions took place at Oxley’s St. Albans residence.  Oxley further admitted that on May 21, 2021, he bought a SWD Cobray, Model M11/9, 9mm pistol from a local gun show. Police recovered it the next day after a co-defendant hid it while trying to evade a traffic stop.  Oxley is prohibited from possessing firearms because of his three prior felony convictions. He was on parole at the time he committed the charged offenses.  

Oxley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces a minimum mandatory of 10 years and up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 6, 2022.

This case is part of a long-term investigation of a methamphetamine distribution network that resulted in 17 individuals being charged with various drug and firearms offenses in three separate indictments.

Brian Dangelo Terry is scheduled to plead guilty on April 7, 2022.  Shane Kelly Fulkerson is scheduled to plead guilty on March 15, 2022.  James Edward Bennett, III, Denise Marie Cottrill, Angie Lane Harbour, and Michael Antonio Smith have already pleaded guilty.  Timothy Wayne Dodd  is scheduled for trial on March 22, 2022.  The remaining defendants are scheduled for trial on May 3, 2022. 

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Charleston Police Department, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is handling the prosecution.

This prosecution was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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 Nos. 2:21-cr-00172, 2:21-cr-00171, and 2:21-cr-00211.

 

    

    

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 14, 2022