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SOUTH CHARLESTON MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION

Defendant’s wife sentenced to more than three years in prison, admits selling crack cocaine while on CAMC Memorial’s property

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a South Charleston couple was sentenced to federal prison for distributing crack cocaine.  Darrell Emmett Spencer, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Spencer’s wife Leslie Yvonne Carter, 39, was sentenced to three years and one month in prison.  Both defendants previously pleaded guilty in May.  Spencer and Carter admitted that on August 18, 2011, they participated together to sell a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT). 

Carter further admitted that she directed the informant to meet her co-defendant at a predetermined location in Charleston.  Spencer admitted that at the time, he met with and entered the informant’s vehicle at the location and gave the informant a quantity of crack cocaine.  Spencer further admitted that he accepted $180 in exchange for the crack cocaine. 

Carter also admitted to selling crack cocaine to an informant on six other occasions in August 2011.  Carter further admitted that she met the confidential informant at various locations in and around Charleston to complete illegal drug transactions, including a transaction at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Memorial Hospital in Kanawha City. Carter was employed at a physician’s office at CAMC at the time the drug transactions occurred.  

Spencer also admitted that on August 1, 2011, he sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working at the direction of MDENT.  The transaction took place at his residence in South Charleston.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman handled the prosecution.  The sentences were imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

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