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Weirton man admits to his role in a drug conspiracy

WHEELING — A Weirton man has admitted to having a role in an area drug distribution operation, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Powell.

Antonio Dewayne Brown, 35, pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting distribution of cocaine base. According to information from Powell’s office, Brown admitted to working with others to distribute cocaine base, also known as “crack,” in Hancock County in August 2018.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danae DeMasi-Lemon and Robert H. McWilliams Jr. are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force; the West Virginia State Police; the Marshall County Drug & Violent Crimes task Force; The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crimes task Force; the Jefferson County, Ohio, Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force; the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office; the Brooke County Sheriff’s Office; the Weirton Police Department; and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police investigated.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program, which supplies federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

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