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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Charleston man pleads guilty to carrying a firearm during a drug offense

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Charleston, West Virginia man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Charleston to carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.  James Philip Daugherty, 20, entered a guilty plea to carrying a loaded Ruger semi-automatic pistol on January 9, 2015, while he possessed crack cocaine that he intended to distribute in and around Charleston, West Virginia.  

Daugherty faces at least 5 years and up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on September 23, 2015.

The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is in charge of the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Updated June 17, 2015