Tyler County man indicted on drug charges

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Shirl Norman Baker, III, of Paden City, West Virginia, was indicted today on drug charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Baker, 42, was indicted today on one count of “Distribution of 5 Grams or More of Methamphetamine” and three counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Baker is accused of selling methamphetamine in March 2020, January 2021, and February 2021 in Wetzel and Tyler Counties.

Baker faces at least five years and up to 40 years of incarceration for the first count and faces up to 20 years of incarceration for the other three counts. 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 Clayton J. Reid is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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