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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Charleston man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

CHARLESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –A Charleston man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Matthew Julius Watts, II, 30, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to distributing heroin.  Watts admitted that on September 17, 2014, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place at the 7-Eleven Store parking lot located on Washington Street, West, Charleston, West Virginia.

Watts faces up to twenty years of imprisonment and a $1,000,000.00 fine when he is sentenced on October 29, 2015, by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. .

The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated July 30, 2015