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Press Release

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.  Eric Ledon Brown, 53, was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2020.  

Pursuant to the plea agreement and statements made in court, Brown sold cocaine base to a confidential informant on August 25, 2020.  Brown admitted to selling the drugs from his residence on South Heber Street in Beckley.  Brown also admitted to selling cocaine base on two other occasions within the Southern District of West Virginia. As further part of the plea, Brown admitted that a search warrant was executed at his residence on September 30, 2020.  During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement officers found a quantity of cocaine base that Brown admitted that he intended to distribute and two firearms that Brown was prohibited from possessing due to a prior felony conviction in the state of Ohio. 

Brown faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on August 6, 2021.   

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 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-00192.


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Updated April 2, 2021

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