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Detroit man pleads guilty to interstate heroin trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Leon Fisher, 29, of Detroit, Michigan, pled guilty to heroin trafficking in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Fisher, along with thirteen other individuals, conspired to transport heroin across state lines from Detroit, Michigan to Morgantown, West Virginia. The operation was disrupted in February 2016 when a federal grand jury returned three separate heroin trafficking indictments.

Specifically, Fisher sold heroin in December 2015 in Monongalia County, West Virginia. He pled guilty to “Distribution of Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 6, 2016