Monongalia County man receives prison sentence for role in drug distribution

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A judge sentenced a Monongalia County man for drug distribution.

Christopher Howard, 32, of Morgantown, was sentenced Wednesday to 3 years, 5 months in prison for his role in a heroin, oxycodone and cocaine distribution operation, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Howard pleaded guilty in January 2019 to one count of unlawful use of communication facility.  Howard admitted to using a phone to distribute and conspire to distribute a controlled substance in April 2018 in Monongalia County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program.  The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

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