Marion County man admits to his role in a drug conspiracy

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Justin Paul Thompson, of Fairmont, West Virginia, has admitted to his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Thompson, 20, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine in Proximity to a Protected Location.” Thompson admitted to selling methamphetamine near a public housing facility in June 2019 in Marion County.

Thompson faces at least one and up 40 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $2,000,000. 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.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Three Rivers Drug Task Force and the Fairmont Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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