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Wetzel County man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

WHEELING — A Wetzel County man has admitted being part of a drug trafficking operation, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Nicholas D. Klem, 29, of Proctor, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, a release from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office said.

Klem admitted to working with others to distribute methamphetamine from August 2019 to August 2020 in Marshall County and elsewhere.

Klem faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. is prosecuting the case. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Marshall County Drug Task Force investigated. U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

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