CLARKSBURG – A Detroit man who was charged with selling drugs near a Marion County public school was found guilty after a 4-day trial in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg.
Terrence D. Marsh, 37, of Detroit, Mich. was found guilty of drug distribution and firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced in a news release.
Marsh conspired with others to distribute heroin, fentanyl and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Marion County and elsewhere from the fall of 2018 to January 2019. Police determined that some of the drug deals took place near West Fairmont Middle School, and included the presence of firearms, the news release states.
After a four-day trial, a jury deliberated for 35 minutes before finding Marsh guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances, one count of aiding and abetting possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a protected location, one count of aiding and abetting possession with the intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location, one count of aiding and abetting possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a protected location, and one count of aiding and abetting possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime, according to the news release.
“Great perseverance by our trial team and law enforcement partners led to this conviction. We will continue to prosecute these cases aggressively. The type of criminal conduct exhibited by the defendant will never be tolerated,” Powell stated.
The government is seeking the forfeiture of $18,540 in cash, two pistols, a rifle and several rounds of ammunition in the aftermath of the trial.
Marsh faces not less than 10 years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10 million for the conspiracy and aiding and possession of methamphetamine count. He faces up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $2 million for each of the heroin and fentanyl counts, and faces five years to life incarceration and a $250,000 fine for the firearms count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Marsh was arrested this past January along with Nicholas J. Mathis, 24, and Lamar D. Perdue, 20, both of Detroit.
Police arrested the three men on Jan. 31 after a raid at 828 Virginia Ave. in Fairmont.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents and members of the Three Rivers Task Force seized some $20,000 cash, three pistols, a semi-automatic rifle, about 500 units of hydrocodone and oxycodone, about 2,000 grams of methamphetamine, about 62 grams of crack cocaine, about 11 grams of fentanyl, about 8 grams of heroin and about 185 grams of marijuana.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Traci M. Cook and Brandon S. Flower are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Three Rivers Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.
Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided in the case. No information was provided regarding sentencing for Marsh or when his accomplices will stand trial.