MARTINSBURG – Giovanni Geonard Ingersoll, of Akron, Ohio, has admitted to methamphetamine distribution, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.


Ingersoll, age 28, pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting distribution of methamphetamine, admitting to working with others to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from March 2018 to May 2018 in Mineral County.


Ingersoll faces not less than ten years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000,000.


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.


Ingersoll is currently incarcerated in the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the West Virginia State Police; and the Ravenswood Police Department investigated.


The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and is the keystone of the Department of Justice’s drug reduction strategy.


Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking organizations, transnational criminal organizations, and money laundering organizations that present a significant threat to the public safety, economic, or national security of the United States.


U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.