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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beckley man pleads guilty to cocaine charge

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Bryan Cross, 31, of Beckley, West Virginia, plead guilty yesterday in federal court in Beckley to distributing cocaine.  Cross admitted that on September 23, 2014, he sold cocaine to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on Canterbury Drive in Beckley, West Virginia.

Cross faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene C. Berger scheduled the sentencing for August 12, 2015.

The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

This case was 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 United States 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 April 16, 2015