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HUNTINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Antoine L. Louis, 27, of Huntington, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine.  Louis admitted that on August 19, 2010, he arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington and arranged a drug transaction between his associate and an undercover agent working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  The defendant admitted that shortly after arranging the transaction, his associate arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store and placed a plastic bag containing a quantity of cocaine on a scale.  Louis also admitted that following a price negotiation, an undercover agent handed his associate $1500 in exchange for the cocaine.

The substance was subsequently sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration Laboratory where it tested positive for cocaine weighing 23.9 grams. 

Louis further admitted that in 2010, he participated in five separate illegal oxycodone pill transactions: On July 14 involving 20 80-milligram oxycodone pills; July 20 involving 20 80-milligram oxycodone pills; July 22 involving 5 80-milligram oxycodone pills; August 18 involving 49 80-milligram oxycodone pills; and August 19 involving a total of 95 80-milligram oxycodone pills from two sales.

Louis faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on May 21, 2012. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of 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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