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ATLANTA CRACK COCAINE DEALER PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that an Atlanta man pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington to distribution of crack cocaine.  Jaron Dontae Reed also known as “Ron Ron,” 24, stopped by the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington and sold crack cocaine to undercover agents working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Reed sold crack cocaine on three separate occasions at the former Smokin’ Aces store in August and September 2010. 

Reed sold a total of 67 grams of crack cocaine to undercover agents who were working at the Smokin’ Aces store.

Reed faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on September 3, 2013 by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. 

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case was prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drug and firearm crimes in the Huntington area. The operation was led by the 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 2011 after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.

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