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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three men pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to distribution of crack cocaine.  Demetrius Levon Thomas, 24, Dennis James Brown, 20, both of Columbus, and, Justin Dwayne Clark, 33, of Logan County, each admitted to participating in a crack cocaine distribution scheme that took place in and around Logan County, W.Va. between July 2011 and August 2011.  Thomas and Clark admitted that on July 28, 2011, they sold 1.34 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force in exchange for $150.  Thomas and Clark also admitted that on August 3, 2011, they sold .64 grams of crack cocaine to an informant in exchange for $100.  Also, on August 4, 2011, Thomas and Clark sold .65 grams of crack cocaine to an informant in exchange for $100.  In addition, Brown admitted that he sold quantities of crack cocaine to a confidential informant on three different occasions at the time of the criminal investigation.  Each defendant admitted that the drug transactions took place at an associate’s Omar, Logan County residence.   On August 5, 2011, a search warrant executed by U.S. 119 Drug Task Force agents at the Logan County residence.  At the time the search warrant was executed, law enforcement agents found defendants Thomas and Brown in possession of 100.83 grams of crack cocaine and $8,082. 
All three defendants face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when they are sentenced on April 18, 2012.  

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney William King is in charge of the prosecution. 

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