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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Clark Brandon Brown, 31, of Huntington, West Virginia was sentenced today to 10 years in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of a quantity of crack cocaine.  Brown previously pleaded guilty in April.  The defendant admitted that on June 24, 2010, he and an associate arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store which was located in Huntington to complete a drug transaction.  The transaction had been previously arranged by Brown’s associate.  Brown admitted to giving the crack cocaine to his associate, who then handed it to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent in exchange for $700.   The crack cocaine was subsequently tested and weighed at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Mid-Atlantic Laboratory.  The substance tested positive for crack cocaine weighing 10.8 grams. 

Also, on January 28, 2011, a confidential source working for the River Cities Gun and Drug Task Force arranged to purchase a quantity of crack cocaine from the defendant.  Brown admitted to meeting the confidential informant at a Mexican restaurant parking lot in Huntington, where he sold the informant a quantity of crack cocaine in exchange for $600.  On March 3, 2011, Special Agents with the ATF, along with an officer with the Huntington Police Department arrested Brown on a warrant issued as a result of the indictment in this case.  Brown admitted that at the time of the arrest, he had approximately two pounds of marijuana inside of his 2006 Jeep sport utility vehicle.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey handled the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms crimes in the Huntington area.  The operation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and assisted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Huntington Police Department, and various other law enforcement agencies.  It was announced to the public in March after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.

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