FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2013
COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CRACK COCAINE CHARGE
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Columbus man pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. Tyree Antonio Spraggins, 25, admitted that on October 27, 2010, he stopped by 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 further admitted that he sold a total of 142.8 grams of crack cocaine to undercover agents at the Smokin’ Aces store.
Spraggins faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when he is sentenced on June 10, 2013 by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
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 2011 after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.