Wheeling man convicted in multi-state heroin distribution operation


 A Wheeling man has been convicted for his role in a heroin distribution operation that spanned three states.

John D. McKee, 30, of Wheeling, was convicted of heroin trafficking Monday in federal court.

According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, McKee participated in a drug trafficking operation in which heroin was transported across state lines from Pittsburgh to locations in West Virginia and Ohio for redistribution and sale. McKee was among six individuals charged in an 18-count federal indictment in June 2015.

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McKee, along with other individuals, sold heroin in January 2015 near a private elementary school in Marshall County, West Virginia. He pled guilty Monday to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.”

He faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.

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