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Press Release

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Dealing Methamphetamine

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Jawhar Baruti Jones, 41, of Charleston, pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.

“Jones distributed 161 grams of 98% pure meth in Charleston,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Great job by DEA and the West Virginia State Police in getting him off of our streets.  Charleston families are no doubt safer.”

Jones admitted that he sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on three separate occasions in May of 2017.  All the transactions occurred in Charleston.  In total, Jones distributed approximately 161 grams of 98% pure methamphetamine during the investigation.  A search warrant was executed at Jones’ residence shortly after the third transaction, where several bills of United States currency were found which matched the serial numbers of those utilized by the confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from the defendant.   

Jones faces up to life in prison when sentenced on April 6, 2021.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police.   Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is handling the prosecution. 

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 No. 2:19-cr-00070.


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Updated January 5, 2021

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