Moundsville Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Charges

From staff reports

A Moundsville man will face nearly three years in prison for distributing methamphetamine, while a Wheeling man entered a guilty plea to a similar, unrelated charge.

Last week, John Crow, of Moundsville, was sentenced May 6 to 33 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Powell.

Crow, 49, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. Crow admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in 2017 and 2018 in Marshall County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr., prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office; the Sistersville Police Department; the Paden City Police Department; and the New Martinsville Police Department investigated. The Columbus Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted in the case.

Earlier that same day last week, Randy Lee Donahue Jr., of Wheeling, admitted to distributing methamphetamine in November 2018. Donahue, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a protected location. He admitted to distributing methamphetamine from an apartment located at 97 16th St. in Wheeling, within 1,000 feet of Wheeling Central Catholic High School in November.

Donahue faces not less than one and up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2 million. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and Donahue’s prior criminal history, if any.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin prosecuted the case against Donahue. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the West Virginia State Police; and the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided over both cases.

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