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HUNTINGTON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN DISTRIBUTION

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Lawanna D. Hamlin, 34, of Huntington, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.  On October 14, 2011, members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted a search of the defendant’s Huntington residence and subsequently seized various items including: 12 grams of crack cocaine; a quantity of heroin; three digital scales; two .40 caliber handguns; and, approximately $577.  Prior to executing the search warrant on the defendant’s residence, Task Force agents had conducted three separate controlled purchases of .5 grams of heroin from the defendant on June 13, June 14 and October 12, 2011.   

Hamlin faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on July 2, 2012. 

The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force (HVCDTF) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

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