Two Wheeling men pled guilty to drug trafficking charges on Wednesday, according to United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld.
Daniel Harrison, 35, admitted to selling crack cocaine near the Booker T. Washington Plaza Apartments. He pled guilty to one count of “distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location.” Harrison is facing between one and 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.
Jackie Byrd, 25, admitted to cocaine trafficking and stabbing a cooperating witness in retaliation. Byrd pled guilty to one count of “conspiracy to possess with intent and to distribute cocaine base.” Byrd faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. He also pled guilty to one count of “retaliation against a cooperating witness,” for which he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is leading the investigation.
U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.