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Wood County man sentenced for federal drug offense

CHARLESTON — A Wood County man was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Monday said.

Joshua Michael Conger, 41, of Parkersburg, also will serve five years on supervised release, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said.

“Conger was given a second chance when state court gave him parole. But what did he do? He went right back to drugs and guns. Not this time. There’s no parole in the federal system,” Stuart said.

Conger pleaded guilty in January, admitting he possessed 388 grams of methamphetamine and two handguns in his vehicle when it was parked at his Gihon Road residence. Conger was convicted in Wood County Circuit Court of operating a methamphetamine laboratory in 2012 and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in 2016.

He was on parole at the time of his arrest in June 2018, Stuart said.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. imposed the sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution.

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