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Ohio man gets probation for drug distribution

WHEELING — An Ohio man was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation for drug distribution.

Tyler Estep, 32, of Galloway, pleaded guilty in February 2019 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell, Estep admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and cocaine base in Wetzel County, W.Va., as well as Ohio and Georgia, from July 2015 to April 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force; the West Virginia State Police; the Tyler and Wetzel County Sheriff’s Offices; the Sistersville, Paden City and New Martinsville Police Departments. The Columbus Police Department Gang Crimes Unit assisted in the case.

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

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

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