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Charleston Man on Federal Supervised Release Sentenced for Drug Crime Involving Fentanyl

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced today to a total of three years and 11 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base, also known as “crack,” and supervised release violations.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the Charleston residence of Donavan Hardison, 31, on January 4, 2021. During the search, officers found approximately 2.826 grams of fentanyl on Hardison and  approximately 3.672 grams of crack cocaine in his vehicle. Hardison admitted that he intended to distribute both controlled substances. Hardison was on supervised release at the time as the result of two prior federal convictions.

Hardison was sentenced to two years and nine months for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and crack cocaine. He received a consecutive sentence of one year and two months for violating the terms of his supervised release.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Charleston Police Department, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Nick Miller prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 2:21-cr-00130; 2:18-cr-00040; and 2:15-cr-00135.




Updated April 19, 2022

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