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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart today announced that Troskey Banks, 23, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“Banks, yet another Ohio drug dealer, was peddling dangerous methamphetamine,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Meth overdose deaths are on the rise in West Virginia.  We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to rid our communities of drug dealers and hold them accountable.”   

Banks previously pled guilty and admitted that in January 2020, he directed Clay Dempsey to drive to Cleveland, Ohio, to obtain controlled substances for Banks to distribute. Banks told Dempsey to park the van containing the drugs at a location in South Charleston upon his return so Banks could retrieve the drugs. When law enforcement officers searched the van, they recovered methamphetamine weighing 108 grams.

Dempsey, who also has pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on December 2, 2020.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the South Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Monica Coleman is handling the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-cr-00035.

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