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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Bill Powell
, United States Attorney
Contact: Stacy Bishop

Harrison County Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution and Firearms Charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jordan T. Ratliff, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 92 months incarceration for methamphetamine distribution and firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Ratliff, age 26, pled guilty to one count of "Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine," and one count of "Unlawful Possession of a Firearm" in April 2018. Ratliff admitted to distributing methamphetamine in December 2017 in Harrison County. Ratliff, who had previously been convicted of crimes in Monongalia County, admitted to having a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in February 2018 in Harrison County.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci M. Cook prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Bridgeport Police Department Mountain Highway Interdiction Team investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

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