CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – William Gregory Chappell, of Cartersville, Georgia, was sentenced today to 168 months for drug distribution and firearms charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Chappell, age 35, pleaded guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute and Distribute Controlled Substances” and one count of “Use and Carry a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime” in February 2019.

Three other co-conspirators in this case have either pled guilty or been sentenced for their roles in a drug distribution operation from Georgia to West Virginia.  According to, the drug distribution activities of Chappell, Seddrick Banks, and Terrick Robinson also of Cartersville, involved retrieving narcotics from Georgia and distributing them in the Marion and Harrison County areas, along with a few deals with individuals from Southern West Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Three Rivers Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force; the West Virginia State Police; The Bartow County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office; the FBI in Rome, Georgia; and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

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