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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Detroit man pleads guilty to interstate heroin trafficking

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Keith Antonio Cohens, 35, of Detroit, Michigan, pled guilty to heroin trafficking today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
 
Cohens was among fourteen individuals that participated in a drug trafficking operation in which heroin was transported across state lines from Michigan and redistributed and sold in West Virginia. Three federal indictments filed in February 2016 disrupted the heroin trafficking scheme.

Specifically, Cohens sold heroin in November 2015 in Monongalia County, West Virginia. He pled guilty today to one count of “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 May 12, 2016