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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 21 MONTHS IN PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Joseph Donell Davis, 52, of Huntington was sentenced today to 21 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of crack cocaine. Davis previously pleaded guilty in January.  The defendant admitted that on May 21, 2010, he traveled to and entered the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington and sold approximately five grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in exchange for $400.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled 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.

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