2 men plead guilty in 'Project Parkersburg' drug investigation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Two men face long prison sentences after pleading guilty to drug charges as part of a joint drug investigation involving federal, state and local authorities.

Marshall Polan, 31, of Parkersburg, and Todd Land, 41, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the “Project Parkersburg” investigation in 2018.

Polan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Land pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth. He faces 10 years to life in prison.

Both men are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 4 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

“As a result of Project Parkersburg, we seized 121 pounds of ICE methamphetamine and significant amounts of a smorgasbord of other drugs,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. “We’ve shuttered this drug trafficking organization and we’re holding drug dealers like Land and Polan accountable.”

In a news release, Stuart’s office said Land admitted that he facilitated a transaction between Parkersburg meth dealers and an individual in Phoenix to move a large drug shipment from Arizona to Dayton, Ohio, where the drugs were to be divided for distribution in Dayton and in Parkersburg.

When the shipment was delayed, Stuart’s office said Land traveled to Dayton where he mediated a dispute between the transporter and the meth dealers.

On September 19, 2018, police intercepted the shipment during a traffic stop of the transporter, Troy Pastorino. That shipment contained 121 pounds of pure meth about 13.2 pounds of cocaine. Pastorino pleaded guilty in February. He also faces 10 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 23.

In all, federal authorities said the “Project Parkersburg” investigation resulted in at least 29 individuals being charged in federal and state court, and the seizure of 121 pounds of ICE meth, 6 kilograms of cocaine, 217 grams of heroin and 290 grams of fentanyl.