Judge sentences Marion County man on meth distribution charges

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A judge has sentenced a Marion County man on federal drug charges.

James Copen, 42, of Fairmont, will spend 15 years, 8 months in prison for methamphetamine distribution, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Copen pleaded guilty in October 2018 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and three counts of distribution of methamphetamine in proximity of a protected location.  Copen admitted to distributing methamphetamine in Marion County in October 2017, March 2018 and April 2018, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The United States is also seeking forfeiture of $37,829 as proceeds derived directly or indirectly from the crimes.

The Three Rivers Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.

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