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Wood County Parolee Pleads Guilty to Drug Offense

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Wood County man pled guilty to a drug offense,  announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Joshua Michael Conger, 41, of Parkersburg, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“388 grams of meth and two guns,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Conger has two prior drug convictions in state court and was on parole at the time of his arrest.  He won’t get parole in the federal system.”

On June 19, 2018, members of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on Conger’s Chevrolet pickup truck at his residence on Gihon Road.  Police seized approximately 388 grams of methamphetamine and two handguns from the vehicle.  Conger admitted that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine.  Conger had previously been convicted in Wood County Circuit Court of operating a methamphetamine laboratory in 2012 and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in 2016.  He was on parole at the time of his arrest in June 2018. 

Conger faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 16, 2020.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation.   Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution.


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Updated April 18, 2023

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