Parkersburg man sentenced on drug charge

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison on a federal drug charge, authorities said on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Hoyler, 56, of Parkersburg was sentenced to 71 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said.

At his plea hearing, Hoyler admitted that in addition to distributing methamphetamine himself, he transported large quantities of cash to Phoenix, Ariz., at the direction of co-defendants Aurelius Edmonds and Terrence McGuirk where Edmonds and others met with their source of supply to purchase the drugs, Stuart said.

Hoyler was prosecuted as part of Project Parkersburg, a major takedown and dismantling of a multi-state drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing methamphetamine and heroin, Stuart said.

Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Parkersburg Police Department, the Dayton Ohio Police Department, and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crime Task Force. The long-term, joint investigation resulted in at least 29 individuals being charged in federal and state court, the seizure of 121 pounds of ICE methamphetamine, 6 kilograms of cocaine, 217 grams of heroin and 290 grams of fentanyl.

“This DTO was bringing large amounts of deadly and dangerous narcotics into West Virginia,” Stuart said. “The dismantlement of this drug network is a huge win for West Virginia families.”

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is responsible for the prosecution.