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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Detroit man pleads guilty to role in interstate heroin trafficking network

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Draylon Eric Beecham, 40, of Detroit, Michigan, pled guilty to heroin trafficking today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Beecham participated in a heroin trafficking network designed to transport heroin across state lines from Michigan to West Virginia for redistribution and sale. Beecham was among fourteen individuals charged with heroin trafficking when three separate federal indictments disrupted the drug trafficking scheme in February 2016.

Specifically, Beecham sold heroin in January 2015 near an elementary school in Monongalia County, West Virginia. He pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.” He faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000. 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 4, 2016