FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2012
CHARLESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF CRACK COCAINE
Defendant Listed Among Charleston’s West Side DMI Violent Offenders
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Tre’s “Trey” Davis, 23, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to distribution of crack cocaine. The pleas come from a six-count Indictment which charged Mr. Davis with various gun and drug violations dating back to March of 2010.
On December 12, 2011, the Huntington Police Department responded to a shooting incident that took place at the Marathon Gas station located on 16th Street in Huntington. Following the shooting incident, officers stopped the defendant’s vehicle along I-64 in Cabell County. At the time of the traffic stop, officers discovered a .40 caliber firearm and shell casings inside the defendant’s vehicle. Davis was subsequently taken into custody and admitted that he shot Mr. Mark King and fled the scene.
Davis was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a 2009 domestic battery conviction in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Davis also admitted that following the shooting, he sold crack cocaine on multiple occasions to an informant in January on Charleston’s West Side.
Davis faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on July 12, 2012.
The Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney Maryclaire Akers is in charge of the prosecution.
This case was prosecuted as part of the Charleston area’s Drug Market Intervention (DMI) initiative. The DMI initiative was launched in February 2012 by Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster and U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, in collaboration with Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants, other federal, state, local law enforcement agencies and leaders representing several West Side community development organizations. The DMI initiative was initiated in Charleston as a strategic problem-solving effort aimed at closing down open-air drug markets that breed crimes of violence and disorder.
This case is also being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.
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