City man gets 30 years on drug, firearm charges

CLARKSBURG. W.Va. — Emory Chiles, 43, of Steubenville was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for drug and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

A federal court jury deliberated for 26 minutes after a two-day trial in April before finding Chiles guilty of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug offense and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Chiles distributed heroin and possessed a 9 mm pistol in Monongalia County in November 2017, according to Powell. Chiles previously was convicted of a felony in the Northern District of West Virginia and was prohibited from being in possession of a gun.

“When illegal drug distribution is combined with firearms it represents a clear and present danger to the citizens of this district and won’t be tolerated. This sentence sends a strong message to those engaging in this type of conduct that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, “ Powell said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

“Drug dealers with guns are violent criminals who pose an increased threat to the safety of our communities,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey of the Louisville Field Division. “ATF and our local partners will aggressively investigate, arrest and pursue prosecution of these offenders.”

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.