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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Charleston heroin dealer sentenced in federal court in Charleston

Sentencing Judge Sends a Message With Imposition of 100 Month Sentence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Jonathan Kennedy, 34, of Charleston, West Virginia was sentenced today in federal court to more than eight years in federal prison for selling heroin and crack cocaine in Charleston.  In July of 2014, Kennedy pled guilty to two drug felonies – one related to his travel between Detroit, Michigan and Charleston, West Virginia, to aid in the sale of heroin, and the second for using a cell phone to sell crack cocaine -- both in Charleston.

The sentencing court expressed that by imposing a 100 month sentence, he hoped to send a message to Kennedy and others regarding the trade of heroin and pills in this district.  

This case was investigated by the Charleston Police Department. 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 and heroin trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.

Updated January 13, 2015