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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of West Virginia
William J. Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Ohio County Woman Sentenced to 10 Years for Federal Drug Charge

WHEELING, W.Va. — Chelsea Marion Banks, age 28, of Wheeling, was sentenced today to 121 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Banks was working with another person to sell drugs in the Wheeling area. Investigators executed search warrants on Banks’s Wheeling home and two Pennsylvania storage units, yielding more than a kilogram of fentanyl, cocaine, stolen firearms, ammunition, and more than $208,000 in cash.

Banks will be under United States Probation supervision for three years following her release from prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carly Nogay prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Wheeling Police Department; and the Pennsylvania State Police investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.


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