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COLUMBUS CRACK COCAINE DEALER SENTENCED TO NEARLY 6 YEARS IN PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Columbus man was sentenced to five years and ten months in federal prison for distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Tyree Antonio Spraggins, 25, previously pleaded guilty to crack cocaine distribution in March. The sentence was handed down by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. 

On October 27, 2010, Spraggins entered the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington and sold 44.3 grams crack cocaine to an undercover agent working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in exchange for $2,600. 

Spraggins sold a total of 142.8 grams of crack cocaine to undercover agents at the Smokin’ Aces store.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey handled 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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