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GEORGIA MAN ADMITS TO METHAMPHETAMINE POSSESSION

Law enforcement agents found methamphetamine in the defendant’s vehicle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Georgia man pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Gary Diaz, 55, Roswell, Ga., admitted that in November 2012, he distributed methamphetamine to a known individual.  On November 13, 2012 and November 14, 2012, a confidential informant working with law enforcement authorities purchased the methamphetamine from a known individual during two controlled drug transactions.     

On November 16, 2012, law enforcement officers conducted a stop of Diaz’s vehicle near Wayne County, W.Va.  During the traffic stop, a police K-9 unit gave a positive indication of the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.  Law enforcement agents recovered a quantity of methamphetamine from the vehicle. 

The methamphetamine recovered from the two controlled drug buys and two bags found in the trunk of the defendant’s vehicle were submitted to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory and proved to be methamphetamine weighing 349.54 grams.     

Diaz faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on May 28, 2013 by United States District Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is in charge of the prosecution. 

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