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Charleston Drug Dealer Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Federal Drug Crimes

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston drug dealer was sentenced today to 66 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Yusuf Ali, 38, previously pled guilty to distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base, more commonly known as “crack.”   Stuart commended the thorough investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (“MDENT”).

“I applaud MDENT’s tireless work to remove drug dealers from our  streets,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “By now, drug dealers should be getting the picture that if you peddle dangerous drugs in Charleston, we’re going to lock you up.”

Ali admitted that in August 2017, he sold crack to a confidential informant on four occasions on Charleston’s East End. On August 29, 2017, officers with MDENT executed a search warrant of Ali’s apartment and found over 125 grams of crack, 44 grams of heroin, and a .380 caliber handgun.

Assistant United States Attorney Matt Davis was responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over these cases.

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 illegal drugs, including crack 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 pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.


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Updated May 2, 2018

Drug Trafficking