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DETROIT MAN ADMITS TO DISTRIBUTING HEROIN IN HUNTINGTON 

HUNTINGTON, WV – A Detroit, MI man pleaded guilty yesterday before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to distribution of heroin.  Deon Powell, 42, also known as Archie Powell, entered a guilty plea the day his trial was set to begin.  Powell admitted that in June 2011, he sold $200 worth of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Huntington Police Department and the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.  A subsequent search warrant executed at the Huntington residence where Powell was residing yielded 10.5 grams of crack cocaine, one gram of cocaine powder, 45.769 grams of heroin, 16 Benzodiazepine pills, and 24 Oxycodone pills.  Agents also seized $19,020 from an automobile parked inside the garage of the residence, a firearm inside the residence, and nearly $4,000 inside the residence which belonged to the defendant.

Powell faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 9, 2012. 

Assistant United States Attorney Monica L. Coleman is handling the prosecution.

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