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Clarksburg man charged after discovery of drug shipments from California

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Clarksburg man faces federal charges following an investigation into a suspected drug operation funneling marijuana and other products into West Virginia.

The arrest of 36-year-old Dominic Sabatelli stems from a July traffic stop involving 22-year-old Jacob Ritter. Authorities discovered various THC products and marijuana in Ritter’s vehicle. Police later found evidence Ritter was selling narcotics he received through the mail from California.

Police searched Ritter’s Clarksburg residence on South 22nd Street, in which officers discovered ledgers, guns, THC products, Xanax pills and marijuana packaging materials. Authorities also found shipping labels verifying drugs were coming from California.

Police learned of other illegal items at a West Pike Street home. A neighbor told officers her stepson, Sabatelli, was waiting for a package. Police discovered multiple boxes at Sabetelli’s house, in which contents included 1.5 pounds of marijuana, 46 psilocybin mushroom candy bars, 150 Xanax pills, 155 THC vape cartridges, 48 THC vape pens, and 28 THC edibles.

The U.S. Postal Service conducted a separate investigation, in which a 15-pound package was delivered to the West Pike Street residence. According to investigators, the box could contain three pounds of marijuana and other THC producers. Officers have not recovered the package.

Sabatelli has been charged with conspiracy to transport Xanax to the state, conspiracy to transport psilocybin to the state, two counts of conspiracy to transport THC to the state, possession with intent to deliver THC/marijuana and possession with intent to deliver alprazolam.

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