Area man gets 21 years on drug charges

WHEELING -Michael T. McGee, 43, of Steubenville was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. to more than two decades in prison following McGee’s conviction of cocaine trafficking.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said McGee was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison after being convicted following a three-day trial in January for his role in the distribution of cocaine in the Northern District of West Virginia and in Jefferson County in Ohio.

The Jefferson County Drug Task Force arrested McGee in the spring of 2013 for cocaine trafficking, and he was arrested two weeks later outside a Weirton bar in possession of cocaine. The drug task force reported the case against McGee was taken by federal prosecutors.

McGee, who has prior convictions for armed robbery and cocaine and marijuana trafficking, was found by the jury to have conspired with co-defendant Ronald Snider and others to distribute cocaine from November of 2012 to June of 2013.

In announcing the sentence, Ihlenfeld praised the work of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ihlenfeld also commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr., who prosecuted the case.

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