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Beckley Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Crime

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Beckley man pleaded guilty today to distributing cocaine base in Raleigh County.  Greg Anthony Waters, 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2020.  

Pursuant to the plea agreement and statements made in court, on September 20, 2020, Waters sold approximately one ounce of cocaine base to a person that was working with law enforcement as a confidential informant.  Waters admitted to meeting the informant near a restaurant he owned in Beckley to sell the drugs.  Waters also admitted to selling cocaine or cocaine base on several other occasions. Each transaction occurred within the Southern District of West Virginia. As further part of the plea, Waters agreed to forfeit cash in the amount of $2,481 and to have a money judgment entered in the amount of $5,000, the total of which represents the proceeds of his illegal drug trafficking. Waters also agreed to forfeit a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck which was used to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances. 

Waters faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 2, 2021.   

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, which is comprised of officers from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, the Beckley Police Department and the West Virginia State Police, conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution.  United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-cr-00191.


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Updated March 18, 2021

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