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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 27, 2015

Atlanta man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – An Atlanta man who possessed cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, and a loaded gun in 2014 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Reginald Wendell Weems, 33, entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

On September 15, 2014, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force were notified that Weems was in the 1400 block of 15th Street in Huntington with crack.  Agents subsequently conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Weems was a passenger.  Agents searched the vehicle and recovered over 35 grams of crack and a loaded 9mm pistol.  Weems admitted to possessing the crack and the pistol.  Weems also admitted to selling crack in the Huntington area.

Weems faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3, 2015.

The DEA Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

Updated April 27, 2015