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Charleston heroin and crack dealer pleads guilty to Federal drug crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston heroin and crack dealer pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Donovan Hardison, 25, entered his guilty plea in federal court to possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack.

Hardison admitted that on May 8, 2015, when he was arrested by agents of the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit, he had heroin and crack concealed in his sock that he intended to sell. Hardison also admitted that on several occasions in early 2015, he sold heroin and crack in the Charleston area to confidential informants working with the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team. Hardison further admitted that prior to the drug deals, he often stored the heroin and crack in his residence on 2nd Street in Charleston. 

Hardison faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on April 27, 2016.

The investigation of Hardison was conducted by the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is handling the prosecution. Hardison entered his plea before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

This case is being 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 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. 

Updated January 27, 2016

Topic
Drug Trafficking