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Press Release

St. Albans Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Timothy A. Ward, 42, of St. Albans, was sentenced today to eight years and nine months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Ward and his wife, Sarah J. Ward, distributed methamphetamine or aided and abetted each other to distribute methamphetamine to confidential informants on seven occasions in Kanawha County from October 2, 2023, through December 6, 2023. The Wards received money for several of these transactions. For two of the transactions, Timothy J. Ward directed a confidential informant to shoplift items in exchange for methamphetamine. The transactions included the sale of a half-ounce of methamphetamine to a confidential informant at a St. Albans bar on October 2, 2023.

Timothy A. Ward also sold a firearm with an obliterated serial number at the couple’s St. Albans residence on December 7, 2023 to a confidential informant who had purchased methamphetamine from him on prior occasions. Timothy A. Ward knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his prior conviction for being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm on September 8, 2020 in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Timothy A. Ward has a long criminal history with 24 prior convictions, including for such other offenses as domestic battery, grand larceny, daytime burglary, breaking and entering, fleeing, escape, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Sarah J. Ward, 40, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine on February 15, 2024, and awaits sentencing.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the St. Albans Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney JC MacCallum prosecuted 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. 2:23-cr-201.

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Updated June 6, 2024

Topic
Drug Trafficking