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

Monday, August 16, 2021

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl.

According to court documents, Brian Vineyard, 49, sold approximately 3.5 grams of fentanyl to a confidential informant in exchange for $450 on September 9, 2020. 

Vineyard pleaded guilty to distribution of fentanyl and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 17, 2021.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. 

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman 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. 2:21-cr-00106.


Drug Trafficking
Updated August 16, 2021