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GEORGIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – John Weathers, 26, of Macon, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to distribution of a quantity of crack cocaine.  Weathers admitted that following a series of phone calls on December 9 and 10, 2010, he stopped by the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington and sold approximately 24 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  At the time of the transaction, Weathers was given $1300 in exchange for the crack cocaine.  Weathers further admitted that he sold a total of two 30-milligram oxycodone pills, three firearms and approximately 124.5 grams of crack cocaine to undercover agents at the Smokin’ Aces store during other illegal transactions.

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

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case was prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms crimes in the Huntington area. The operation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (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 after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.

This case was also prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, remain committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.

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