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FAYETTEVILLE MINE SAFETY TRAINER SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS’ PROBATION FOR COCAINE DISTRIBUTION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Fayetteville man was sentenced on Jan. 24 to three years’ probation for cocaine distribution.  Gerald Wayne Hopkins, 52, of Fayetteville, Fayette County, W.Va., a mine safety instructor, admitted that on February 1, 2012, he sold 2.94 grams of cocaine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  Hopkins further admitted that the illegal transaction took place at his Fayetteville residence, where he conducted his mine safety training courses.   

The Court also ordered Hopkins to pay a $500 fine. 

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

 

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