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Press Release

Beckley Felon Sentenced on Federal Drug and Gun Crimes

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

BECKLEY, W. Va. -- United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a Beckley man was sentenced to 36 months in prison on federal drug and gun charges.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Beckley Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

“Yet another meth dealer and convicted felon in possession of a firearm,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “State and local law enforcement agencies are working closely with ATF to identify guys like Harvey in every southern West Virginia community and we are prosecuting them as part of our Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative.”

Anthony Harvey, 43, pled guilty in June to distributing methamphetamine and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On June 14, 2016, Harvey sold a quantity of methamphetamine to a confidential informant working with the Beckley Police Department.  On August 16, 2016, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Harvey’s home.  At that time Harvey was a twice-convicted felon and was in possession of firearms.  Specifically, he possessed a .22 caliber pistol and a .25 caliber revolver.  He was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law because of two prior convictions, one for assault with a firearm in California in 1995, and the other for sale of marijuana in California in 2004. 

The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Justice Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.


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Updated October 3, 2018

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