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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Detroit man was sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for heroin possession.  Gerald L. Height, also known as “Tim Lewis,” 37, of Detroit, previously pleaded guilty in September 2012 to possession with intent to distribute heroin. 

On March 12, 2012, law enforcement agents with the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force observed the defendant enter a vehicle at the Greyhound bus station in Huntington.  Law enforcement agents were conducting surveillance at the Greyhound location at the time.  Officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and a Huntington Police Department K-9 gave a positive indication of the presence of drugs.  Officers discovered a total of 62 bags of heroin with a weight of 35.5 grams in the defendant’s suitcase.  Height admitted to possessing the heroin for distribution. 

The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, the Huntington Police Department and the Barboursville Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers

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