U.S. District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. this week sentenced James W. Ferguson to 72 months in federal prison for drug related charges.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II said Ferguson 38, of Valley Grove, also will be subjected to three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in the Wheeling area from late 2011 to May 18, 2012.
Ihlenfeld said Ferguson served as a redistributor of painkillers for the leader of a drug trafficking organization based in Wheeling. The investigation leading to the charges included extensive surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, executions of search warrants, and seizures of narcotics, automobiles and United States currency.
Stamp remanded Ferguson to the custody pending designation to a federal institution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard prosecuted the case. and members of the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police-BCI and the Drug Enforcement Administration did the investigation.