Former Moundsville Mayor Simms Indicted on Drug Charges

Former Moundsville mayor and council member Kevin Mark Simms was indicted Wednesday on drug distribution charges by a federal grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said Simms, 63, was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, one count of distribution of oxycodone and three counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of the drug. According to the complaint, Simms is accused of distributing oxycodone — an opioid that is one of the active ingredients in a drug more commonly known as Percocet — from July 2017 to December 2017 in Marshall County.

Simms was first elected to Moundsville City Council in 1990. He served as mayor from 1998-2000. He served 16 years on council before being defeated in his bid for re-election in 2016.

In October 2015, Simms was arrested on a DUI causing injury charge stemming from a near head-on collision with another vehicle on W.Va. 86. At the time of the crash, Simms told deputies he was taking oxycodone because he had dental work.

Simms was uninjured, but the driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized with serious back, arm and leg injuries.

A jury trial has been set in Marshall County for Oct. 30 in Simms’ DUI case, according to Marshall County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Canestraro.

Meanwhile, if convicted on the drug charges, Simms faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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