Parkersburg man gets 71 months for meth conspiracy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Wednesday for his guilty plea in a federal drug investigation that resulted in charges against 29 people.

A judge in U.S. District Court in Charleston sentenced Jeffrey Hoyler, 56, to 71 months in prison on Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Hoyer was prosecuted as part of Project Parkersburg, a joint investigation involving federal, West Virginia and Ohio authorities.

Prosecutors said Hoyer admitted to distributing meth and transporting large amounts of cash to Phoenix at the direction of two co-defendants, one of whom then met with a supplier to buy more drugs.

Hoyer was among 17 people charged in federal indictments stemming from the investigation involving the FBI, Parkersburg Police Department, the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Dayton, Ohio Police Department. Another 12 people were charged in state court.

Authorities announced the arrests, along with the seizure of 121 pounds of ICE methamphetamine, six kilograms of cocaine, 217 grams of heroin and 290 grams of fentanyl, during a news conference in October 2018 in Parkersburg.