WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Moundsville, West Virginia man and a McMechen, West Virginia man were indicted by a federal grand jury on drug distribution charges, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.
Rhett D. Gump, age 24, of Moundsville, was indicted on one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine in Proximity to a Protected Location,” one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl in Proximity to a Protected Location,” and one count of “Distribution of Heroin.”
William A. Novick, age 35, of McMechen, was indicted on four counts of “Distribution of Heroin” and one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl in Proximity to a Protected Location.”
The crimes are alleged to have taken place in January and February 2017 in Ohio and Marshall Counties, West Virginia.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, is investigating.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Northern District of West Virginia