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Press Release

Barboursville man pleads guilty to Federal heroin charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Barboursville man who conspired with others to distribute heroin in the Huntington area in 2014 and 2015 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Roger Lee Black, 34, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and admitted that on February 26, 2015, a confidential informant working at the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration contacted him to buy heroin. Black met the informant and drove the informant to Black’s home at 21 Vincent Street in Barboursville, West Virginia.  Inside the home, Black sold the informant approximately 10 grams of heroin for $1,200.  Black also admitted that he was part of a heroin distribution conspiracy from November of 2014 to April of 2015, and that during the conspiracy, he possessed multiple firearms and was responsible for the distribution of up to 700 grams of heroin.

Black faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is schedule to be sentenced on January 25, 2016.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated October 26, 2015