Ohio man appears on drug charge

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Reuben Jahmell Dauntez Donald, of Akron, Ohio, appeared in federal court today on a drug charge, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Donald, 35, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Donald is accused of having nearly 150 grams of methamphetamine on Wheeling Island on October 20, 2021. According to the affidavit, the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine from Donald. The purchased methamphetamine weighed approximately 149.56 grams, with a street value of nearly $15,000.

Donald is facing up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The Wheeling Police Department, the West Virginia State Police, and the Marshall County Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, assisted.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

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