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BARBOURSVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY

DRUGS, GUN AND SCALES SEIZED FROM HUNTINGTON RESIDENCE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Barboursville man who participated in a marijuana conspiracy from 2012 to the summer of 2013, pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Brandon L. Madden, 33, pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.  In July of 2013, United States Postal Inspectors intercepted a package containing controlled substances that was to be delivered to Madden.  When confronted by Inspectors, Madden admitted his role in a drug conspiracy in the Cabell County area.  In addition to pleading guilty, Madden will forfeit $16,640.00 in cash, and a 2013 Dodge Durango seized by the Postal Service in connection with this case.

Madden faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 24, 2013.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspector with the assistance of the Huntington Violent Crime/Drug Task Force which is coordinated by the FBI.  The prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Sharon M. Frazier.

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