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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 to distribution of heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Leon Eugene Smith, Jr., 41, admitted to selling approximately 0.5 grams of heroin to a confidential informant in Lanark, Raleigh County, for $80 on September 15, 2020. Smith further admitted to selling approximately 1.3 grams of heroin on September 17, 2020, and approximately 1 gram of heroin on September 23, 2020, each time to a confidential informant in Lenark for $160.

Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on August 5, 2022, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $1 million fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police for conducting the investigation.

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Nick Miller is prosecuting the case.

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. 5:21-cr-184.





Updated April 25, 2022

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