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DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL HEROIN POSSESSION CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Detroit man pleaded guilty in federal court to heroin possession.  Gerald L. Height, also known as “Tim Lewis,” 37, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. 

On March 12, 2012, law enforcement agents with the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force observed the defendant enter a vehicle at the Greyhound bus station in Huntington.  Law enforcement agents were conducting surveillance at the Greyhound location at the time.  Officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and a Huntington Police Department K-9 gave a positive indication of the presence of drugs.  Officers discovered a total of 62 bags of heroin with a weight of 35.5 grams in the defendant’s suitcase.  Height admitted to possessing the heroin for distribution. 

Height faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on December 10, 2012 by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. 

The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, the Huntington Police Department and the Barboursville Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

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