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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Charleston man pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of crack cocaine.  James T. Washington, 35, of Charleston, admitted that on July 31, 2012, he sold .69 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team in exchange for $100.  Washington admitted that the illegal transaction occurred in Charleston.  Washington further admitted that on August 7, 2012, he met a confidential informant at a predetermined location in Charleston and sold 1.01 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for $200. 

On August 12, 2012, officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that was occupied by Washington and his associate.  A K-9 patrol unit gave a positive indication of the presence of drugs on the vehicle.  A search conducted by law enforcement revealed a quantity of crack cocaine hidden inside the vehicle’s center console.  Washington admitted that he obtained the crack cocaine the previous day and intended to sell it.  The crack cocaine recovered from the vehicle was submitted to the West Virginia State Police lab and tested positive as crack cocaine and weighed 241 grams. 

Washington faces up to 30 years in prison and a $2 million fine when he is sentenced on April 22, 2013 by United States District Judge David A. Faber.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution. 

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