Clarksburg man indicted on drug charges

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jesse James Wilson, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was indicted today on drug charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Wilson, 38, was indicted today on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,” two counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine,” one count of “Possession of Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime,” one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises,” and one count of “Removing Property Subject to Forfeiture.” Wilson is accused of trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine from the summer of 2021 to October 2021 in Harrison County and elsewhere. Wilson is accused of maintaining a property on Chestnut Street in Clarksburg to further this conspiracy.

As a part of the indictment, the government is seeking Wilson to forfeit four firearms, ammunition, more than $9,000 in cash, and 27 pre-paid gift cards.

Wilson is facing up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the conspiracy count and each of the distribution counts. He faces at least 10 years and up to life incarceration for the 50 grams or more count. Wilson faces at least five years and up to life of incarceration for the use of a firearm during a crime of violence count. He also faces up to five years of incarceration for the removing property count. 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 Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; the DEA; the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office; and the Martinsburg Police investigated.

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