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Parkersburg man gets 10 years for drug conspiracy

CHARLESTON — A man authorities say was responsible for approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine being distributed in the Parkersburg area was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

John Michael Wells II, 33, of Parkersburg, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin after pleading guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Will Thompson.

His sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Wells admitted to paying and arranging for meth and marijuana to be shipped through the mail from California in October and November 2021, the release said. The drugs were subsequently distributed for sale by other individuals, who provided Wells with the cash proceeds that were then used to acquire more meth and marijuana, it said.

Thompson commended the investigative work of the FBI, the Parkersburg and Vienna Police Departments, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force.

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