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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beckley Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Distribution

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Michael J. Dow, 44, of Beckley, West Virginia, pled guilty in federal court in Beckley to distribution of heroin.  Dow admitted that on March 2, 2014, he sold heroin to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on F Street in Beckley, West Virginia.

Dow faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene C. Berger scheduled the sentencing for December 4, 2014. 

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.  

Updated January 7, 2015