CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg man was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for his conviction on a federal drug charge, authorities said.
Edward Marks, 33, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Charleston for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
He was prosecuted as part of “Project Parkersburg,” a joint investigation involving federal, West Virginia and Ohio authorities.
Marks 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.
“The law enforcement operation shut down a significant DTO (drug-trafficking operation) responsible for trafficking massive amounts of drugs in Wood County and elsewhere,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news release.