Weirton man pleads guilty to drug charges

WHEELING – A Weirton resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to drug charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Tuesday.

Ronald Snider, 50, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after admitting to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Ihlenfeld said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson County, Ohio, Drug Task Force.

Snider currently is free on bond.

Meanwhile, Jose Jesus Tapia Montes, 36, of Washington, Pa,was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison and Elmer Pina Pinto, 44, also of Washington, to 33 months imprisonment for aiding and abetting in the transportation of an individual in interstate commerce with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, Ihlenfeld said. The two were remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals pending assignment to a federal prison.

The FBI was assisted in the investigation by the Wheeling Police Department and the Harmony House Child Advocacy Center. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr.