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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Boone County heroin dealer pleads guilty to federal drug crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Boone County man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Robert Donavan Buzzard, 42, of Bloomingrose, entered his guilty plea to distribution of heroin.

Buzzard admitted that on two occasions in January 2016, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deals took place in Bloomingrose and Seth in Boone County.

Buzzard faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on January 19, 2017.

The U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

This case was brought 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 U.S. 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. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 24, 2016