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SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Brittany Staton, 20, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin.  Staton admitted that from January 2011 until March 17, 2011, she conspired with several known individuals to distribute heroin in the Charleston area.  Staton admitted that on February 15, 2011, she and an associate sold a balloon containing .34 grams of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team in exchange for $120.  Also, on February 18, Staton and an associate sold a balloon containing .34 grams of heroin to the same confidential informant in exchange for $120.  Staton further admitted that on March 17, she and two known associates traveled from South Carolina to West Virginia with more than 100 grams of heroin intended for distribution in the Charleston area.  The defendant and her associates were subsequently arrested and the heroin was recovered from a Charleston residence that the associates shared at the time.          

Staton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on January 5, 2012. 

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon is in charge of the prosecution. 

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