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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Detroit Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Selling Heroin

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man was sentenced to five years in federal prison today in connection with a heroin distribution scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Durrell Desean Lucas, also known as “D,” of Huntington, previously pleaded guilty in September 2013 to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.  Lucas’ sentence was handed down by Chief United States District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington. 

Between January 2013 and July 1, 2013, Lucas, 40, participated in a heroin distribution scheme in and around the Huntington area. Lucas told police that he and several associates made trips from Detroit to Huntington to sell heroin.  During the scheme, Lucas also made phone calls to an undercover DEA agent to arrange two separate heroin transactions on June 30 and July 1, 2013.  The two heroin transactions took place in Huntington.     

DEA agents obtained a search warrant for an apartment located in the Prichard Building in Huntington.  Mr. Lucas, who was inside of the apartment at the time the search warrant was executed, told police that he threw approximately 12 grams of heroin out the window.  Officers were able to find the heroin.      
Mr. Lucas told police that he was responsible for selling a total of approximately 150 to 250 grams of heroin in and around Huntington. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey handled prosecution. 

Updated January 7, 2015