Reese Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Heroin Conviction

Chief U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey recently sentenced Damon Rashad Reese to 140 months in prison and four years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in Wetzel County.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II said Bailey also sentenced Damon, also known as “Mac,” 26, of Pittsburgh, to forfeit $8,674 and a 2002 Lexus which constitute proceeds from the illegal activity.

Ihlenfeld saidReese was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending designation to afederal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and investigated by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Ihlenfeld said Bailey sentenced James Nathan Barcus, age 38, of Wheeling to 12 months and one day in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances from December of 2011 until May 18, 2012, in the Wheeling area.

Barcus, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution on September 11, 2014.

Bernard was the lead prosecutor and was assisted by Ihlenfeld. The matter was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force with assistance from the Hancock-Brooke -Weirton Drug Task Force.

Bailey also sentenced Amanda Barker, 25, of Moundsville, to six months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of alprazolam near a protected location in Marshall County in 2012. Barker was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force.