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Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Methamphetamine

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pled guilty today in federal court to a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Michael B. Stuart.  Avante Anthony Jones, age 22, of South Park Road, pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.   United States Attorney Stuart gave credit to the joint investigation conducted by DEA, the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) for the successful prosecution. 

“Methamphetamine is quickly becoming the illicit drug of choice among West Virginia drug abusers,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We are making a concerted effort to stem the tide of methamphetamine coming into our communities by aggressively prosecuting distributors like Avante Jones.”    

On August 8, 2017, a confidential informant contacted Jones and arranged to buy an ounce of methamphetamine for $1000. Jones met the confidential informant on Centers Road in Charleston and conducted the deal.

The plea hearing was held before United States District John T. Copenhaver, Jr.  Assistant United States Attorney R. Gregory McVey is in charge of this prosecution.

Jones faces up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5 million when he is sentenced on July 2,  2018.


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Updated April 3, 2018

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