EL man convicted of distributing heroin

WHEELING-An East Liverpool man has been convicted on charges of distributing heroin in Hancock County, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Marcel D. Weaver, 29, entered a plea of guilty Wednesday before Magistrate James E. Seibert to the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of Allison Elementary School in Chester.

Weaver was part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin and other drugs in Hancock County and elsewhere between August and December 2013, Ihlenfeld said.

Weaver, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison, a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force. The case began with a tip provided by the Youngstown office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.